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This evening.

The Department of Housing released its latest homeless figures which showed there were 10,271 people (6,697 adults and 3,574 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of January 2020.

This represents an increase of 388 adults and 152 children compared to the figures for the final week of December 2019.

However the December 2019 figures, which showed there were 9,731 people in emergency accommodation, a decrease of 387 adults and a decrease of 330 children compared to the figures for November 2019, were disputed when they came out just two weeks after the general election was called.

There were 10,448 people (6,696 adults and 3,752 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of November 2019.

Via Department of Housing

From top: Eoghan Murphy and Richard Bruton (head down) at the Fine Gael General Election 2020 manifesto launch; tweet from Inner City Helping Homeless

Last week

The Department of Housing released its latest homeless figures which showed there were 9,731 people (6,309 adults and 3,422 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of December 2019.

This represented a decrease of 387 adults and a decrease of 330 children compared to the figures for November 2019 when there were 10,448 people (6,696 adults and 3,752 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of November 2019.

However…

…homeless charity Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH)have been questioning the figures, last night writing:

“Last week the Department of Housing released the homeless report for December 2019 alongside their report for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The report stated a reduction of 717 people from the report for November 2019.

Upon further inspection we noticed a huge difference in the number of people listed as being in a TEA (Temporary Emergency Accommodation), an accommodation type with “No (or minimal) supports on site”.

The increase in this particular section was 3,146% [from 64 in Dublin in November to 2,250 in December]  We were quick to highlight this on our social media platforms as it didn’t add up alongside the number of people that were removed in the space of one month.’

They added:

‘Upon further investigation on both the Department’s website and the Rebuild Ireland website, we noticed that the report had actually been updated due to miscalculation however this update was never communicated to either homeless charities nor the media based on the feedback we have received.

What is clear from our investigation was that the first report was an error due to invalid data entry.

On the first report the figures under PEA/STA were the total of people in PEA’s so should have been added together.

Instead they were put in incorrect columns and not added which explained the increase of 3,146% in the TEA column however with a general election a week away this wasn’t communicated to anyone.

A deeper comparison of the fourth quarter report versus the December report doesn’t show how it could be possible that 717 fewer people were homeless in December vs the November report.

“Using Dublin as an example the December report stated there were 94 less families homeless in Dublin. When we look at the quarterly report from the department it shows the number of families entering homelessness each month versus the number of families exiting homelessness.

According to their own report 44 new families became homeless in December while 98 families exited homelessness which is a difference of 54 families not 94.

This has raised alarm bells with regards to the entire report as the last time we saw a decline like this the Department had reclassified 1,606 people and removed them from the homeless list despite some councils stating they disagreed with the decision.

We have submitted a Freedom of Information request to clarify both how so many people exited emergency accommodation in December and why the errors in the original published report was not communicated correctly.’

Anyone?

Inner City Helping Homeless

 

Earlier this evening.

The Department of Housing released its latest homeless figures which showed there were 9,731 people (6,309 adults and 3,422 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of December 2019.

This represents a decrease of 387 adults and a decrease of 330 children compared to the figures for November 2019 when there were 10,448 people (6,696 adults and 3,752 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of November 2019.

In October, the figure recorded was 10,514 people (6,688 adults and 3,826 children).

In November 2018, the figure was 9,968; in December 2018, 9,753; in January 2019, 9,987; in February 2019, 10,264; in March 2019, 10,305; in April 2019, 10,378; in May 2019, 10,253; in June 2019, 10,172; in July 2019, 10,275; in August 2019, 10,338; in September 2019, 10,397.

*Earlier this evening we had a post up with the wrong figures. Sincere apologies.

Via Department of Housing

Last week.

The Mendicity Institution offered to collect people’s Christmas trees for €10 each (above) in order to raise money for their services.

The homeless charity says every tree they recycle will provide ten hot meals.

This weekend, they tweeted:

We’ve dealt with hundreds of enquires and are overwhelmed by the good will this idea has generated. We are booked right through to next Saturday. Some of you will have your tree longer than you’d like just so that you can show your support. A huge thank you to all.

In fairness.

Mendicity Institution

Meanwhile…

Last Friday.

The Department of Housing released its latest homeless figures which showed there were 10,448 people (6,696 adults and 3,752 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of November 2019.

This represents an increase of eight adults and a decrease of 74 children living in emergency accommodation since the final week in October when the figure recorded was 10,514 people (6,688 adults and 3,826 children).

In November 2018, the figure was 9,968; in December 2018, 9,753; in January 2019, 9,987; in February 2019, 10,264; in March 2019, 10,305; in April 2019, 10,378; in May 2019, 10,253; in June 2019, 10,172; in July 2019, 10,275; in August 2019, 10,338; in September 2019, 10,397.

Previously: 10,514 But Confidence Remains

Tonight.

Earlier…

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy in the Dáil chamber tonight

Earlier:

Tonight.

The Soc Dem motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is debated.

Earlier…

Figures for the number of people living in emergency accommodation in the final week of October 2019; video link to Dáil Éireann tonight

This evening.

The Department of Housing has released the latest homeless figures which show there were  10,514 people (6,688 adults and 3,826 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of October.

This is yet another record high.

In November 2018, the figure was 9,968; in December 2018, 9,753; in January 2019,  9,987; in February 2019, 10,264; in March 2019, 10,305; in April 2019, 10,378; in May 2019, 10,253; in June 2019, 10,172; in July 2019, 10,275; in August 2019, 10,338; in September 2019, 10,397.

The release of the figures comes hours ahead of the Social Democrats’ motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy this evening which gets under way at 8pm.

A debate and vote on the motion can be watched live in the link above.

Earlier: “The Plan, It Seems, Is Not Adequate To The Challenge”

This morning.

The Department of Housing has released the latest homeless figures which show there were  10,345 people (6,490 adults and 3,848 children) living in emergency accommodation in the final week of August.

This represents a decrease of seven adults but an increase of 70 children compared to the final week of July. 

Thanks Inner City Helping Homeless.

This afternoon.

The latest homeless figures from the Department of Housing show there was an increase of 103 children living in emergency accommodation during the final week of July, compared to the final week of June.

In the final week of July, there were 10,275 people (6,497 adults and 3,778 children) living in emergency accommodation, compared 10,172 people – 6,497 adults and 3,675 children – in June.

Read the full report here

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy; latest homelessness figures from the Department of Housing

This morning.

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

Rollingnews

UPDATE:

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):

March 2019

“The situation is “disappointing and very depressing”. [Leo Varadkar]

February 2019

“The increase in homelessness in February is hugely disappointing.”

January 2019

“It is very disappointing and we remain in a very difficult situation where homelessness is heavily impacting on the lives of families and individuals.”

November 2018

“It is very disappointing to see more children in emergency accommodation as we enter into Christmas week.”

September 2018

“We are still very much in the midst of a crisis in homelessness in this country.”

August 2018

“Earlier this year a number of categorisation errors were identified and corrected in the March and April reports.”

July 2018

“Any increase in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation is unacceptable.”

June 2018

“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.”

May 2018

“Any increase in people in emergency accommodation is very disappointing.”

March 2018

“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.”

January 2018

“The increase in homelessness in January was anticipated to a degree.”

November 2017

“Obviously the increase in November is disappointing.”

August 2017

“While the number of family presentations nationally in August has increased by 13 overall, the figure for Dublin has fallen by 32.”

Yesterday evening.

The Department of Housing released its latest homeless figures showing that a record 10,264 people – 6,480 adults and 3,784 children – were living in emergency accommodation in the last full week of February 2019.

This is an increase of 277 people (117 more adults and 160 more children) since the last full week of January 2019, when 6,363 adults and 3,624 children were living in emergency accommodation.

Meanwhile…

RTÉ reports:

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said the increase in homeless numbers is very disappointing and a number of people are at “the very blunt end of the housing difficulties”.

He said the root of the problem lay in the need to build and create new homes.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the minister said more homes were built last year than any previous year in a decade, and approximately 1,700 new homes were created in Dublin last year.

But, he said, it was taking more time than he would like to build new homes.

Rent pressure zones to be strengthened – Murphy (RTE)

Previously: “I’m Aware Of The Fact We’re Above 10,000”

This evening.

New Department of Housing figures show there were 6,024 adults, 1,778 families and 3,867 children staying in emergency accommodation in July.

This means there’s been a decrease of 24 adults but an increase of 24 families and 43 children since June – when there were 6,048 adults, 1,754 families and 3,824 children in emergency accommodation.

Via Department of Housing

Yesterday: ‘Hitting 10,000 Doesn’t Tell Us Anything That Hitting 9,000 Didn’t Tell Us’