Saturday 22 October 2016

Over 2,000 children are living in emergency accommodation in Dublin

Cian Murray

Published 22/08/2016 | 18:06

In July, 97 families became homeless in the capital.
In July, 97 families became homeless in the capital.

Over 2,000 children are homeless in Dublin, according to new figures released by Focus Ireland.

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In July, 97 families became homeless in the capital. This increased the number of children within families who are homeless to over 2,000 for the first time.

In total, there were 2,020 children within 993 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin in July.

Last month, the Government published an action plan for homelessness. This included an assurance that they would put an end to temporary accommodation for families in hotels and B&Bs within 12 months.

Focus Ireland Director of Advocacy Mike Allen said that a more detailed plan is needed to turn the tide of homelessness in the capital. 

He said in a statement: “Although the Government’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness provides some direction on how we can deal with this crisis, there are real concerns that we have a broad framework rather than a detailed plan of action, particularly in relation to families.

“It is shocking to think that we now have a record number of 2,020 children living in emergency accommodation – a lot of whom will be going back to school in the next few weeks and trying to cope with the stress of being homeless."

The Government's plan, entitled 'Rebuilding Ireland' envisages the construction of 47,000 social housing units over the next six years.

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