Dublin Simon Community has issued a stark reminder that most of the 6,259 people recorded as homeless in Dublin are in a SECOND lockdown in emergency accommodation.
According to the latest report from the Department of Housing there were 4,521 adults and 2,008 children in hubs, hotels and hostels across the capital in September.
Dublin Simon CEO Sam McGuinness said: “Since the first lockdown in March 2020, we have seen a 22% decrease in the number of families in emergency accommodation.
“While we strongly welcome this and acknowledge the positive steps taken to re-introduce the ban on evictions during Level 5, unfortunately, the number of single people stuck in emergency accommodation has continued to rise.
“Since March, while there are 747 less people in Dublin emergency accommodation, the remainder, 6,259 have not moved on to a home of their own and are lodged in a bottlenecked system.
“Since March, they have remained in some version of the same shared accommodation, cut off from friends and family and are now entering the second lockdown.”
Dublin Simon Community provides services to almost 7,500 people in Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Its services, including outreach support to rough sleepers, counselling and recovery services and supported accommodation, have come under increasing pressure.
Senior Manager for Emergency Services Claire McSweeney revealed: “Emergency accommodation is not a home. It’s busy and challenging and to facilitate social distancing, many clients are having to spend a lot of time in their rooms.
“Since March, across our services, we have been creative in how we deliver necessary supports and keep clients engaged and entertained.
“We all know this lockdown is different. The sense of pandemic fatigue and mental exhaustion affecting wider society is completely heightened as people remain isolated and anxious in emergency accommodation.
“While we have had successful move-ons over the last seven months, we need more accommodation options for couples and singles and we need them now.”