Housing Minister Admits Rising Homeless Numbers Are 'Very Worrying'

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Housing Minister Admits Rising Homeless Numbers Are 'Very Worrying'


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There has been another rise in the number of both single adults and families becoming homeless.

Figures from the Department of Housing show there were 1,739 families living in emergency accommodation in February. That is 222 more than in January.

There were 6,052 adults homeless last month; a rise of 215.

The Housing Minister has admitted that numbers indicate a "very worrying trend".

Eoghan Murphy said that "the crisis we have in homelessness is very distressing", but stressed that teams are working "to both prevent people from entering emergency accommodation and to exit people into sustainable tenancies as quickly as possible."

Inner City Helping Homeless says the "worrying trend" has been continuing for almost 8 months.

Anothny Flynn from the group said "we need a total re-evaluation of how we help families who become homeless".


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