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'Re-Categorised' Homeless Figures Criticised


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There's been criticism of new homeless figures, which have seen 297 people removed by Dublin and Meath county councils.

Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) say while the overall figure has dropped slightly by 29 people from March, people have been removed under Minister Eoghan Murphy's reclassification project.

It says the 297 people were removed - meaning the total number of people homeless as per the April report is 9,652 which is a slight reduction.

But the ICHH says: "Yet again we are seeing people being removed without any proper explanation as to why.

"After last month’s figures were released it transpired that some county councils refused to reclassify people that were in accommodation funded by section 10 funding without any security of tenure.

"The councils advised that the peoples housing needs weren’t met.

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"We saw an increase of 43 children currently homeless across the State.

"The minister needs to explain why people in section 10 funded accommodation are being removed from the overall figures."

Minister Murphy said a "categorisation issue arose" in the compilation of the March figures and was corrected.

"Ongoing work in this area in the context of the April report has identified a further 18 households in Meath (45 people) and 65 households in Dublin (252 people) who are in homes rather than in emergency accommodation.

"The figures in the report reflect this", he said.


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