Child homelessness figures appalling

Wicklow Sinn Féin John Brady has said “the number of children and families living in emergency accommodation in August this year shows how the government has failed to get to grips with the causes of homelessness.”

The comment comes as the Department of Housing released the official homeless figures for August which show 10,338 people living in emergency accommodation, of which 32 are in my constituency of Wicklow.

Deputy Brady said:

“The figures published this morning by the Department of Housing show an increase in the number of children growing up in emergency accommodation. In August there were 3848 children in Department of Housing funded emergency accommodation across the State.”

“In Wicklow there is a shortage of emergency accommodation and that is adding to the problem. In Kildare there are 184 people in emergency accommodation and in Meath there are 111, these counties are experiencing similar pressures to Wicklow but have considerably higher recorded as homeless because unlike Wicklow they have emergency accommodation.”

“For the seventh month in a row the number of people officially classified as homeless across this state has remained above 10,000 with a total of 10,338.

“These figures do not provide the full picture and do not women and children in domestic violence shelters funded by Tulsa, adults and children in hostels not funded by Government departments, rough sleepers and those still living in Direct Provision despite having secured their leave to remain.

“We need to stop these families becoming homeless and with the Budget coming up Minister Murphy and his counterpart in Fianna Fáil has the opportunity to demand more resources to build more public houses.

“Sinn Féin has called for an increase in investment in social and affordable homes built on public land and faster delivery time for these homes.”

“We are calling on both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to drop their opposition to the Focus Ireland amendment as this is the best way to keep families from becoming homeless as it restricts the landlord’s ability to seek vacant possession notices to quit.”

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