Record number of homeless accessing emergency accommodation with majority in Dublin
July marked the seventh consecutive month where the number of people accessing emergency accommodation increased
The number of homeless people accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland has hit a record high.
Latest figures from the Department of Housing show that 10,568 people accessed emergency accommodation during the last week of July, higher than the previous record of 10,514 in October 2019. Of these, 3,137 were children.
Dublin accounted for the vast majority of cases, with 5,209 adults and 2,339 children homeless. July marked the seventh consecutive month where the number of people accessing emergency accommodation increased.
Charities have expressed “extreme concern” at the record numbers, with Chief Executive of Depaul David Carroll saying more one-bed units are needed “to break the cycle”. He said: “Single people are some of the most vulnerable we meet coming through the doors of our services and are the ones who find it the hardest to access long-term accommodation.
“Significant planning and investment in one bed units is required as part of the development of private and social housing developments to break the cycle. In the short to medium term, until we increase our housing supply we must deal with the immediate crisis. A renewed focus on homelessness prevention is needed in order for us to deliver on our national housing plan and dealing with the crisis in the private rented sector is essential.”
Social Democrats Housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said that “Behind these grim statistics are lives that have been shattered by a broken system”. He said that Dublin homelessness is up 28% and child homelessness 40% over the past year, adding that the figures “are proof that the Government’s plans are failing”.
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“When it comes to housing, the Government is completely out of touch,” he said. “The Government talks about ending homelessness by 2030, but they have no plan, no strategy, no milestones – and the numbers are going up, not down.
“The Government has ignored all the warnings that we were going to hit a record number of people without a home. They have failed to listen and failed to act.”