Wednesday 21 March 2018

Housing Minister's €10m extra for homeless

Eoghan Murphy Picture: Jason Clarke
Eoghan Murphy Picture: Jason Clarke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

The new Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy, will commit an additional €10m to construct an extra 200 temporary homes for homeless families.

Mr Murphy, who was appointed to the Cabinet last week, will also pledge to provide housing for everyone living in a hotel by the end of July.

In his first public address in his new role, Mr Murphy will announce the new funding for emergency homeless accommodation at a Focus Ireland event in Dublin today.

Former housing minister Simon Coveney set a July 1 deadline to provide housing for all families and individuals living in hotels. Mr Murphy is anxious to meet this target.

Figures supplied by the Department of Housing show there was 650 families in hotels or in bed and breakfast accommodation by the end of May. A Government source insisted this was a considerable reduction on the 871 families in commercial accommodation in March last year.

"There will be a small number of families with exceptional and individual needs housed in commercial accommodation until a specific tailored solution can be put in place," a source said.

The new funding to be announced by Mr Murphy today will see €10m put into the 'Family Hub' programme which is aimed at developing housing for people living in hotels.

Irish Independent

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