November Homeless figures show yet another increase.
— Mick Caul (@caulmick) December 20, 2018
Within hours of the Oireachtas finishing up for Christmas (the Seanad was sitting yesterday), Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy publishes the homeless in emergency accommodation numbers for November 2018.
A record 9,968 nationally are homeless. That includes a near record of 3,811 children.
In Dublin, a record 6,945 are homeless. That includes a near record 2,816 children.
The government is going to extreme lengths to keep people off the list to stop it breaching 10,000.
It’s estimated at least an addtional 600 are without a home and receiving support from the government homeless services.
Of course, it ignores rough sleepers which are a downward trend at the start of the year are increasing again.
And it ignores those who want their own accommodation but are stuck with family or friends or 8-in-a-double-bedroom bunks.
Let’s hope in 2019 the CSO take over the compilation of these numbers and Murphy is fired into back bench oblivion until the next election.
Meanwhile, the figure of 9,968 reflects an increase of 244 people since October when 9,724 people were recorded as staying in State-funded emergency accommodation.
Read full report here
Previously: ‘I’m Aware Of The Fact We’re Above 10,000’