Ten homeless people died in Dublin in the month of July alone.
In the seven months of 2020, 31 homeless people in Dublin have died — 21 men and 10 women.
This figure has been described as ‘shocking’ compared to the 34 people who died in all of 2019 and 35 people in 2018.
Deaths are not solely limited to Dublin with other areas across the country also recording tragedies this year.
Last month, a homeless man was found dead in Cork city.
Inner City Helping Homeless has called for greater mental health supports for homeless people.
They also said that residents of units that have seen recent deaths were left ‘traumatised’ with no mental health supports in alternative accommodation.
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has said that four of the 31 deaths were by suicide and three were as a result of a known medical condition.
COVID-19 has been said to be a ‘factor’ in the deaths.
The causes of 24 of the deaths remain unknown and will be up to the Coroner’s Court to determine.
They promised that special clinics of the Ana Liffey Drugs Project
will be expanded over the coming weeks.