Homeless Figures Break Previou...


Homeless Figures Break Previous Record - Again

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

02:32 26 May 2023

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12,259 people are registered as homeless in Ireland.

It's the first time the figure has ever gone above 12,000.

The figures have been released by the Department of Housing.

These are figures for April and are a 2% increase on March's total.

8,665 adults are registered as homeless nationally.

There are also more than 3,500 children growing up in B&Bs and hotels for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic.

Dublin is the worst affected area in the country with 8,775 people in emergency accommodation.

That's including more than 2,600 children.

Multiple homeless charities have commented on the figures.

  • DePaul described it as an appalling milestone.
  • Focus Ireland says this is the first impact from the lifting of the eviction ban almost two months ago.
  • Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson, Eoin O'Broin also commented, he said:
    • “Today's figures confirm once again that the government's decision to end the ban on no-fault evictions was wrong."
    • "It also highlights the fact that they simply did not have the emergency measures in place to deal with the ending of the ban."

The figure doesn't include asylum seekers, refugees, women in refuge centres and the so-called "hidden homeless."

Main image: Housing Minister, Darragh O'Brien.

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