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’
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive last night announced that the number of people spotted sleeping rough in Dublin on the night of November 27, 2018 was 156.
That’s 46 more than the last count in March.
Two counts are carried out in spring and winter of every year by volunteers.
The breakdown shows, on night of November 27, 121 people found Dublin City Council area; five in Fingal area; seven in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown; 12 in South Dublin and 11 in Dublin parks.
Read the Dublin Region Homeless Executive report here
A man who had been known to homeless services was discovered unresponsive in the area around the Four Courts on Monday evening
“The latest two deaths in Dublin bring to 7 the number of people sleeping rough that have died in the past 12 weeks, said the Peter McVerry Trust,
“We calling on the Government to commit to housing every person currently sleeping rough in Dublin by the end of next year.”
The charity said there are currently just over 180 people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin and called on the Government to “commit to ring-fencing 180 social housing units for our most vulnerable citizens.”
Charity “deeply saddened” following second homeless death in Dublin (Newstalk)
Last night: Another Death
A person sleeps in a shop doorway on Grafton Street, Dublin on Wednesday night
Inner City Helping Homeless writes:
A report issued this morning by Inner City Helping Homeless Outreach Coordination stated that an “unprecedented” number of homeless individuals sleeping on Dublin’s streets last night were afraid to access homeless services.
And as little as 6 per cent of those engaged managed to enter accommodation after 11pm.
Up to 56 per cent refused to engage with emergency accommodation. A shocking 99 individuals presented as homeless last night with 85 males and 14 females – a 10 per cent increase on the previous night.
Chief executive of ICHH Anthony Flynn states:
“Outreach teams found last night particularly difficult, the weather being a serious cause for concern. The unprecedented number of people on the streets in such harsh conditions is totally intolerable.”
“Up to 56 per cent of those engaged refused to enter emergency accommodation citing fear of being robbed or sub-standard accommodation conditions.”
“The fear of someone freezing to death is quite worrying.”
“A roundtable discussion is now warranted, and fears that are instilled in those who are refusing to enter accommodation needs be uplifted.”
Inner City Helping Homeless (Facebook)
Francis Doherty, of the Peter McVerry Trust, writes:
“We have produced a new infographic that looks at our cold weather initiative during winter 13/14. Weather figures are for Dublin city because it is the location for majority of rough sleepers in Ireland.”
More details here
Peter McVerry Trust