Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy; latest homelessness figures from the Department of Housing
The Department of Housing released it’s homeless figures for April.
It found that a new record of 10,378 people (6,584 adults and 3,794 children) were living in emergency accommodation in the final week of April.
Some 1,729 families were also recorded as living in emergency accommodation in April.
In March there were 10,305 people accessing emergency accommodation – 6,484 adults and 3,821 children. There were also 1,733 homeless families accessing emergency accommodation.
Therefore, this morning’s figures show there has been an increase of 100 adults, a decrease of 27 children, and four families living in emergency accommodation since March.
Asked about the figures this morning, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said:
“It’s hugely disappointing to see the numbers up again but we have seen a decrease in the number of families and children in emergency accommodation month-on-month. It’s a small decrease but it’s still a decrease.”
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony said:
“The increase in those experiencing homelessness, the fourth in as many months shows that something is still very wrong with the way we are dealing with homelessness. We know house building is the real solution but in the interim we need to take measures that stop people entering homelessness.
“Depaul recently launched our awareness campaign ‘Real Doors of Dublin’ highlighting the on-going homelessness and rough sleeper crisis. We are urging people to stay sympathetic to those experiencing homelessness.
“There is a danger with such high numbers that the public may see homelessness as an issue that cannot be solved. That homelessness is simply a part of everyday life. This cannot happen.”
Read the department’s report in full here
Eoin, in comments, writes:
Disappointing”, where have you heard that word or minimal variations thereof before?
Looking back at the comments accompanying previous month’s homeless figures, all [bar the first which is Leo’s] from Eoghan Murphy since he’s been the housing minister (June 2017):
“The situation is “disappointing and very depressing”. [Leo Varadkar]
“The increase in homelessness in February is hugely disappointing.”
“It is very disappointing and we remain in a very difficult situation where homelessness is heavily impacting on the lives of families and individuals.”
“It is very disappointing to see more children in emergency accommodation as we enter into Christmas week.”
“We are still very much in the midst of a crisis in homelessness in this country.”
“Earlier this year a number of categorisation errors were identified and corrected in the March and April reports.”
“Any increase in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation is unacceptable.”
“Obviously any increase in people accessing emergency accommodation is unwelcome but it is good to see a decrease in the number of children and we are seeing a continued stabilisation of the numbers of people in emergency accommodation.”
“Any increase in people in emergency accommodation is very disappointing.”
“A number of local authorities have erroneously categorised individuals and families living in local authority owned or leased housing stock, including in some instances people renting in the private sector but in receipt of social housing supports, as being in emergency accommodation.”
“The increase in homelessness in January was anticipated to a degree.”
“Obviously the increase in November is disappointing.”
“While the number of family presentations nationally in August has increased by 13 overall, the figure for Dublin has fallen by 32.”