Significant increase in families listed as homeless shown

by Padraig Conlon

Newly released figures show the number of families listed homeless in the local area has significantly increased.

According to data from South Dublin County Council obtained by Independent councillor Francis Timmons, 628 people were homeless in the county last month.

This was up on the figure from December 2017 when the council had 475 people registered as homeless.

Acknowledging the numbers are extremely worrying, Cllr Timmons also questioned Minister Eoghan Murphy’s ability to solve the crisis.

“An increase of 32% more people registered as homeless in SDCC for December 2018 compared to December 2017 is very alarming and concerning,” Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette.

“It shows that the current housing policy is failing the most vulnerable in our society.

“It represents a 28% increase in January 2018 to December 2018 figures.

“Much more has to be done urgently. Government policy is failing and lacking real long term solutions, if the Minister cannot do the job he should step aside and be replaced by someone who can.

“Words, talk and plans are not enough; action is what’s needed.

“Action speaks louder than any words, South Dublin County Council made provision of €3.4m in the 2018 budget for homeless services.’’

In reply to Cllr Timmons question, South Dublin County Council said:

“The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead statutory authority in the response to homelessness in Dublin and adopts a shared service approach across the Dublin region on behalf of South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

“The costs of the provision of family hubs and other emergency accommodation is administered and paid for by DRHE.

“The Council made provision of €3.4m in the 2018 budget for homeless services which includes a contribution towards the DRHE costs.”

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