Sunday 22 September 2019

Rise in number of homeless children 'deeply disheartening'


Housing minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Collins
Housing minister Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Collins
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

More than 3,700 children across the country are starting the new school term without a home as the homeless crisis rises to "deeply disheartening" proportions.

The latest Government figures show that 10,275 adults and children accessed emergency accommodation in July - an increase of 4pc compared to last year.

Some 103 more children were listed as homeless in July, bringing the total to 3,778. The number of homeless adults remained unchanged at 6,497, while the figures for families stood at 1,721 - a decrease of 3pc from July 2018.

Responding to the figures, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy admitted the situation remains a "huge challenge".

Homeless and addiction charity Merchants Quay Ireland said the "deeply disheartening figures" do not include rough sleepers, people accessing its night café emergency shelter, or people in domestic violence shelters.

It said more must be done to support single people.

Irish Independent

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