No sign of numbers in emergency accommodation lessening anytime soon

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin figures increase by 11% on previous month

Housing charities are united in claiming the latest figures regarding people living in emergency accommodation will not be reduced anytime soon! With an increase of 159 on the previous month, there are now 12,600 people seeking emergency accommodation with 1,804 families the highest peak since July 2018 (1,778).

Focus Ireland stated this is down to the government’s decision to cease the no-fault eviction ban in March this year, without any proper advance plan in place to stem the anticipated eviction notices.

Along with the charities Depaul and Dublin Simon Community, all the homeless services denounced the government’s lack of planning and called for an emergency housing budget.


Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon Community stated: “There were 9,265 people in emergency accommodation in Dublin in June, representing an 11 per cent increase on the previous month and a 23 per cent increase over the past 12 months. These latest figures are deeply confronting.  

While we acknowledge the significant efforts being made to remedy the insufficient supply of housing, including the recent announcement of 4,000 new homes via the Secure Tenancy Affordable Rental investment scheme, the delivery of these homes is going to take quite some time. Meanwhile, there is real trauma and suffering taking place for the 9,265 people behind today’s statistics (65 per cent of whom are spending six months or longer in emergency accommodation), and that is unacceptable.”

Despite Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien claiming the issue is a priority for Cabinet, the homeless charities warned that the private rental sector is nearing collapse and emergency funding must be set in place immediately to deal with the crisis.

“Homelessness prevention must occur in tandem with the ongoing delivery of housing supply. Fully resourced tenancy sustainment services to keep people out of homelessness must be mobilised, and there needs to be an urgent review of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to reflect real market rates,” said Ms Kenny . 

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