Twenty per cent.
Kitty Holland, in the Irish Times, reports:
“The figures have risen steadily since 2009, to 70 in 2010, 87 in 2011 and 87 in winter 2012 (when one area was not counted). The figures for winter 2007 and 2008 were 104 and 101 respectively.”
“The largest proportion whose age could be confirmed – 40 in total – were aged between 31 and 40 years of age; 36 were aged between 18 and 30; 17 were aged 41 to 50; 10 were between the ages of 51 and 60; three were over 61 years; and 62 people were unknown.”
Numbers sleeping rough in Dublin highest since records began (Kitty Holland, Irish Times)
Previously: While You Were Sleeping
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The Dublin Region Homeless Executive carried out a count of the number of people sleeping rough in the capital on the night of November 12 last. It found 139 people sleeping rough, compared to 94 in April.
“80% were male and nearly 30% were from outside Ireland with the origin of nearly 20% unknown. It is the highest figure recorded since the rough sleeper counts began in 2007.”
“Dublin Region Homeless Executive Director Cathal Morgan has said there’s a growing trend of families being forced to leave private rented accommodation and moving into homeless accommodation.”
“Mr Morgan said there aside from traditional factors contributing to homelessness, such as mental health and addiction, there is growing evidence that a number of homeless people are struggling to keep up with the demands of day-to-day living.“
Number of rough sleepers in Dublin up 50% since April (RTÉ)
Dublin Region Homeless Executive
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