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Number Of People In Emergency Accommodation Has Increased Again

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06:07 3 Dec 2019


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The number of people in emergency accommodation has increased again.

The latest homeless figures released by the Department of Housing show there were 10,514 people in emergency accommodation nationwide in October - 6,688 adults and 3,826 children.

That includes more than 7,300 people in Dublin.

While the figures show a decrease in the number of homeless families and children, there was still an overall increase of 117 people compared to September - meaning an extra 164 adults entered the system.

Meanwhile, the department today also released details of its latest official rough sleeper count, which was carried out on the night of 26/27th November.

92 people were confirmed as sleeping rough across the Dublin region - down 41% compared to last winter's figure.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "Today we see that those sleeping rough is at its lowest level since 2015 and the lowest since Rebuilding Ireland began.

"In October, there was a decrease of 23 families and 47 children in emergency accommodation and an overall increase of 117, which was expected following the introduction of new emergency beds in the Dublin region recently."

Inner City Helping Homeless CEO Anthony Flynn, meanwhile, said the figures show the situation is "completely out of control".

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