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THERE WERE MORE than 1,200 families homeless in the last week of November, according the Housing Department’s latest report.From 21-27 November, a total of 1,023 families were homeless in Dublin alone.From those figures, the total number of dependents (children) homeless was 2,549.A total of 1,622 adults within those families were homeless that week.
Source: Department of HousingIn total, the latest figures show that 6,985 people (including children) were homeless during that period.While the report states that a number of advances have been made, such as 1,761 people exiting homelessness nationally this year, Sinn Féin’s Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused Minister Simon Coveney of “trying to bury bad news during the holiday season”.O’Broin said this is the first time the total number of people experiencing homelessness has almost reached 7,000.
Source: Department of Housing“The figures released today show a 30% increase in family and child homelessness on November 2015 and a 20% increase in adult homelessness,” said Ó Broin.
Irish Housing Network volunteer, Tommy Gavin at Apollo House.
Source: Leah FarrellThe latest figures come as the homelessness crisis is once again thrust into the limelight, with the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin over the Christmas period, as well as homeless activists taking hold of an apartment block in Finglas yesterday.Housing Minister Simon Coveney recently tweeted that his department are “ramping up” the building of new social housing projects with a budget increase of 50% next year. He also pointed out that an extra 210 emergency beds were rolled out this Christmas.So people know the facts: There were 54 unoccupied beds last night in homeless shelters in Dublin and no more than 17 in Mechants Quay— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) December 23, 2016
Source: Simon Coveney/TwitterSo people know the facts: There were 54 unoccupied beds last night in homeless shelters in Dublin and no more than 17 in Mechants Quay“There is an urgent need for the Government to step up its house acquisition and building programme to get these adults and children out of emergency accommodation,” said O’Broin, adding:Coveney has committed to getting families out of hotel and B&B emergency accommodation by the middle of next year.