Sunday 22 September 2019

Number of people in emergency accommodation nears 10,000 in October as homeless figures rise

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

THE number of people accessing emergency accommodation continued to creep towards the 10,000 mark in October.

While there was a decrease in the number of families considered homeless last month, the overall picture shows an extra 26 people needing State help.

Nationally there were 5,999 adults in emergency settings and 3,725, bringing the total figure to 9,724.

The Department of Housing said another 112 families were prevented from entering hotels or other temporary settings in Dublin during October, and 70 families exited emergency accommodation.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy claimed the overall increase can be partly explained “by new beds being provided to help take people from rough sleeping and in to our supported services”.

“While it is of course better to see people in emergency accommodation rather than out on the streets, we continue to see an increase in the number of adults seeking help. This underlines the importance of the continued roll-out of Housing First, as well as additional supports for single homelessness,” he siad.

The minister added: “There are still too many families and children experiencing this crisis but it’s certainly a positive to see that the number of families in emergency accommodation reduced by 44 in October, including 104 dependents.”

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