City looks at buying hotels for homeless
Dublin City Council is considering buying private hotels to house homeless families in emergencies - with more than 2,000 children now living in hotels and B&Bs in the capital.
Some 2,110 children are being put up in emergency accommodation, compared with 1,425 last year as the homeless crisis in the city spirals out of control.
A total 3,000 adults were living in hotels and B&Bs in October, compared with 2,376 last year.
The total number of adults and children using emergency accommodation has risen by 1,345 to 5,146 since October last year, according to the latest report conducted between October 24 and 30.
The surge in homelessness has led to Dublin City Council making a number of inquiries into buying private hotels in the city to alleviate the problem.
Council chief executive Brendan Kenny said the authority was continuing to look at potential properties that could be used as alternatives to hotels and bed and breakfasts that are currently being paid for by the council.
"The challenge is to find appropriate facilities as we have investigated a number of different private hotels but have not been able to procure an agreement," he said.
It is understood that the council is looking at properties in the Ballyfermot, Crumlin, Drumcondra and Clontarf areas.
Dublin City Council has announced plans to launch a winter initiative to house all rough sleepers in emergency accommodation.
A cold weather plan will see a further 210 beds added to the current 1,800 emergency beds in the city.