Record Number Of People In Eme...


Record Number Of People In Emergency Accommodation

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

03:30 25 Nov 2022

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The number of homeless people in Ireland has crossed 11,000 for the first time ever.

Figures from the Department of Housing show 11,397 people were accessing emergency accommodation in October.

This includes over 1,600 families, an increase of 69 on the previous month.

Meanwhile more than 3,400 were children or dependants that rose by 138 on September's figure.

Dublin has the highest number of people experiencing homelessness followed by Cork and Limerick.


Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon Community says: "We are devastated to learn of the continued increase in the number of people presenting to Dublin emergency accommodation services. For the sixth month in a row, we have reached the scandalous milestone of the highest number of people ever recorded in homelessness in the capital."Among this group is a growing cohort of older people presenting to emergency accommodation services. In the last 12 months, the number of people aged 65 and older residing in emergency accommodation has grown by 39%. Over the same period, the number of people aged between 45 and 64 has grown by 32%.

"Homelessness is traumatising at any age, and for older people, that trauma is compounded by the physical, mental and social challenges of age. No one should have to live in homelessness, and undoubtedly, no one should have to live their latter years in homelessness.

"It has been truly heart-breaking for our staff to see the growing number of older people arriving in emergency services and trying to navigate a system that is incredibly tough at the best of times. This should not be happening."

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