Saturday 23 June 2018

99 families became newly homeless in Dublin in July - Focus Ireland

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Kathy Armstrong

99 families - including 214 children - became newly homeless in Dublin in July, according to a new report.

This is an 18-month high and the second largest figure since Focus Ireland started recording the number of newly homeless families in January 2013, the number peaked at 125 in January 2016.

There's now a record 1,178 families and 2,423 children homeless in the capital.

Focus Ireland Advocacy Director Mike Allen said that urgent action needs to be taken to tackle the crisis.

He said: “These latest Focus Ireland figures clearly show the homeless crisis is continuing to deepen as the 99 families newly homeless in Dublin is a record high for the past 18 months.

“We had seen a drop in the numbers of families becoming homeless every month at the end of last year and earlier this year but this is no longer the case, and we are back to constantly rising numbers every month.

“We are in the middle of the worst homelessness crisis in living memory as nearly 8,000 people are homeless nationwide.

“Years of successive government underinvestment in social housing, together with spiralling rental costs have resulted in record numbers homeless in Ireland.”

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He said that the Government must take firm action aimed at solving the crisis.

Mr Allen said: “I would highlight that here is much good work being done by the State, Local authorities and NGO’s such as Focus Ireland and without this the current crisis would be so much worse.

“However, we must never shy away from saying it is crystal clear that not enough is being down to keep people in their homes and prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place.

“The Government needs to move from managing homelessness towards ending it and must take the decisions required to do this.”

Focus Ireland is call on the upcoming budget to fast-track the delivery of social housing and to take more steps to prevent people from losing their homes.

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