Number of Homeless People In D...


Number of Homeless People In Dublin Surpasses 10,000 For First Time

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

04:19 28 Mar 2024

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4,170 children are living in emergency accommodation - a new record high.

The Department of Housing has published its homeless figures for February.

The number of people living in emergency accommodation in Ireland has hit another record high at 13,841.

There were 9,671 adults and 4,170 children homeless last month.

It's a net increase of 310 people on January's total, which stood at 13,531.

The Simon Communities of Ireland says the Department of Housing's figures "reflect the scale of the crisis" and it should "enshrine a right to housing in the constitution."

It adds tackling the issue must be the top priority for incoming Taoiseach Simon Harris, and the country needs to "see concrete actions to increase the allocation of social homes to those experiencing homelessness."


Dublin Simon Community says: "Shocking homeless figures released today show that the number of people in emergency accommodation nationally continues to grow month on month, reaching a record high of 10,100 in our capital city, with 203 more people seeking shelter in Dublin in February than in January.

"73% of all affected people nationally are in Dublin, equating to 1,457 families, 3,165 children, and 4,419 single adults.

These figures do not include those rough sleeping, domestic violence refugees, and those on our streets seeking asylum.

Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon, reflecting on the latest statistics says: "The latest unrelenting climb in figures now means that Dublin alone now has over 10,000 men, women and children in homelessness – surpassing the figure for the entire population of Ireland in homelessness from just under two years ago.


"This is a devastating figure for our capital city. As the clocks move forward this weekend, spare a thought for those for whom time stands still.

"The longer days and shorter nights should not detract from the pressing need to adapt the housing system and accompanying strategies to better cater to the specific requirements those in the grip of homelessness.

"Behind the numbers are real people, real families, and real children worrying about where they will spend their nights. Each statistic represents a life in turmoil, a family facing uncertainty, a child robbed of stability."

“At Dublin Simon Community we believe it is our responsibility to shine a light on the unfairness of a housing system where people live in limbo around the basic human right to security and shelter.

"In the last 6-12 months we have seen a steady stream of presentations of people looking for accommodation, coupled with a steep drop off in available social housing. We call upon and will keep calling upon policymakers, community leaders, and the Government to rectify this situation and commit to building a more just and compassionate future for all.

"Let us harness the spirit of renewal and hope that Spring symbolises to reinvigorate our efforts towards a society where homelessness is not just reduced, but eradicated."

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