A person sleeps behind the railings of the Custom House in Dublin
The Simon Community released its annual report for 2015 this morning.
The launch of this report followed an early-morning count of the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin.
168 people were counted.
The main findings of the Simon Community’s report are as follows:
10% of people moved out of emergency accommodation into a home
59% of people in emergency accommodation have been homeless for more than two years
32% increase in the numbers counted on Early Morning Rough Sleeping counts in the last year (not including the 60 without a bed in the Merchants Quay Ireland Night Café) 168 counted this morning
31% increase in those accessing Addiction Treatment Services
46% increase in housing capacity, through opening and acquiring 109 new properties in 2015.
59% increase in those accessing Emergency Accommodation