Homelessness must be tackled before it gets worse
If ever there was an initiative that required cross-departmental assistance it is housing
Homelessness is a socio-economic problem that continued unabated even in the good times. Since the financial crisis it jumped dramatically, and if we don't solve the housing problem it will spiral out of control. But only because we let it.
Based on the 2011 Census, there were 3,808 homeless in Ireland on April 10, 2011. Families accounted for 905 persons, of whom 498 were classified as children and 199 of these were aged up to four.
The numbers may seem low, but their composition changed significantly since the recession, and it is getting worse. Focus Ireland, one of the main charities involved in the area, said there can be as many as 5,000 homeless people at any given time and it has witnessed a significant rise in the number of people seeking their help. Families are more at risk due to the continuing economic crisis. The most vulnerable have been used to tax our way out of the financial crisis.