Friday 28 July 2017

Cost of hotels for the homeless soars to €40m

The startling figures underscore the urgent need for Dublin City Council to explore alternatives
to housing people in hotels and B&Bs, said Fianna Fáil Dublin City councillor David Costello. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The startling figures underscore the urgent need for Dublin City Council to explore alternatives to housing people in hotels and B&Bs, said Fianna Fáil Dublin City councillor David Costello. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

It cost close to €40m last year to house homeless families in unsuitable hotel accommodation, the latest figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) reveal.

The spend of €38,941,522 represents more than double the €16,563,529 spent on emergency hotel accommodation by the DRHE in 2015.

It translates to an average cost of more than €56,835 each year - or more than €155 a night - to house each of the 1,023 families who found themselves without a home last year due to the escalating housing crisis in the capital and beyond.

It doesn't take into account the interest charged on more than €11m the DRHE paid to 144 hoteliers who accepted credit cards only for payment.

The startling figures underscored the urgent need for Dublin City Council to explore alternatives to housing people in hotels and B&Bs, said Fianna Fáil Dublin City councillor David Costello.

The representative for Cabra-Finglas is set to table an emergency motion at Monday's council meeting to establish a special committee to fast-track alternatives to housing homeless people in hotels.

He said the average cost to house one homeless family a year in a hotel was more than the €50,000 to €55,000 it would cost to provide more suitable accommodation in modular homes.

Irish Independent

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