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HOMELESS CRISIS 

We must look beyond homelessness figures as over 3,000 Irish kids to start school without roof over their head

  • 7:00, 29 Aug 2022

OVER 3,000 Irish kids will start school this year without a roof over their heads.

The country’s homeless crisis continues to be the nation’s great shame – with successive governments failing to effectively tackle the issue that plagues so many families.

Over 3,000 Irish children will begin school this year without a permanent home
Over 3,000 Irish children will begin school this year without a permanent homeCredit: Getty
Focus Ireland's Ciara Carty
Focus Ireland’s Ciara CartyCredit: Naoise Culhane

On Friday, new figures showed that homelessness has reached a record high of 10,568 people, including 3,137 kids.

In 2015, just 880 children were homeless – today’s figure is an increase of more than 200 per cent in just seven years.

The reasons for homelessness are complex and many people feel they are unable to effectively help those in need of a place to live.

Focus Ireland is now appealing to those people who want to do their bit to raise funds for those living in homelessness by signing up to its annual Shine A Light Night

The event aims to give people an insight into the struggles facing those without homes while also helping to fund vital support services.

Here Ciara Carty, Director of Services at Focus Ireland, explains why we must look beyond the numbers to see the real people affected by homelessness.

Homelessness is an international problem but it has truly made its home in Ireland.

The figures outline that 10,568 people are in emergency accommodation, made up of 1,423 families and 3,137 children.

A few hundred people sleep rough on the streets, which is the most visible type of homelessness but the vast majority stay in emergency accommodation such as hostels, family hubs or hotels.

It is heart-breaking that children are living in these conditions with nowhere safe to play or meet their friendsor even to have a family pet like a dog.

‘CRISIS WITHIN A CRISIS’

They are missing out on childhood despite the best efforts of their parents.

We are in the midst of a crisis within a crisis.

Despite huge efforts to resolve the homelessness issues over the past decade and more, we are faced with ever-increasing numbers.

There has been much written about the contributing factors but what sometimes can be overlooked in these considerations is the very real sense of human suffering felt by those who are homeless.
Beacon of hope

Homelessness hurts and damages people.

There are many losses to bear when someone loses their home — the loss of security, the loss of opportunity to have friends and family visit, the loss of all the things that are crucial in helping us grow and develop so that we can reach our full potential.

SHINE A LIGHT NIGHT

Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night, proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy, has been a beacon of hope for people who’ve been homeless.

Once a year, business leaders, communities and individuals give up their home comforts for one night in October to help raise vital funds for homeless families.

By leaving their homes and sleeping out for one night people taking part get a small idea of what the loss of a home is like.

The loss of comfort, sense of safety, peace, and security along with the ability to rest properly and wake up fresh to face the challenges of the next day.

The reason we do this is two-fold.

Firstly, each supporter of Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night wants to show real solidarity with those who are homeless and to show them that they are not forgotten. That they are not alone.

‘HELP CHANGE A LIFETIME’

And secondly, because they know how much of a difference their fundraising support is going to help Focus Ireland to move more people out of homelessness and into homes of their own.

They are helping to restore some of the losses and, more importantly, help people regain some of the hope that homelessness has stripped away.

Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night is proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy and will be taking place this year on Friday, October 14.

This is the tenth year of the event and the fourth year that Bord Gáis Energy has supported the campaign.

We are calling on families, individuals, and businesses around the country to join us on this night to help raise vital funds for Focus Ireland by sleeping out in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness.

By giving up just one night , you can help change a lifetime for someone else.

Support Shine A Light Night and help us raise 1.5 million euros in vital funds to help end family homelessness.

Over the next five years, Bord Gáis Energy and Focus Ireland will work together to assist a further 10,000 families through advice, information and support programmes, and directly prevent 1,000 families from ever entering homelessness.

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