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Aug. 4, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
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THERE ARE OVER 2,800 children homeless in Ireland, latest figures show.The figures for homeless people staying in emergency accommodation in June were released today, showing a slight rise in the numbers of homeless families and children.In total, there were 1365 families with 2895 children staying in emergency accommodation in June.This marks a rise of 118 children from the numbers from May.There were 5,046 homeless adults in emergency accommodation in June, a small rise on the previous month.Of homeless adults, 2,131 were placed in private emergency accommodation, which includes commercial hotels and B&Bs across the country. There were 1,471 homeless adults in this type of accommodation in Dublin alone.Announcing the latest figures, a statement from the Department of Housing said:“While the overall numbers in emergency accommodation showed an increase during June, progress is being made in relation to moving families out of hotels and B&Bs.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie this afternoon, Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin said:“It’s absolutely disgraceful that the minister and department are releasing figures late in the afternoon on a bank holiday Friday.“What’s more worrying is the figure themselves.
Source: Department of HousingFamily HubsIn July, Murphy confirmed that a deadline set by his predecessor Simon Coveney to have all families out of commercial hotels by July would not be met.In light of this, The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has called for a change in law to ensure homeless families don’t spend long periods in group home ‘family hubs’.Family hubs are group homes for homeless families which were first announced by Government earlier this year.A total of 18 hubs are planned for Dublin, with a number already operational in the city. It is planned that 634 families will be housed in these hubs while further funds have been committed to developing more.The full report for June is available here. 

http://www.thejournal.ie/homeless-figures-june-3531165-Aug2017/