Statistics reveal there were 597 homeless people across Wicklow, Meath, and Kildare in January

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Homeless figures released today by Dublin Simon Community show 597 affected people are in the Mid-East region, equating to 99 families, 159 children and 274 single adults across counties Wicklow, Meath, and Kildare.

Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon, reflecting on the latest statistics states, “The latest figures show that after a slight expected seasonal decrease of 1.5% nationally over the Christmas period, we have now returned to what is shockingly considered to be ‘normal’ in our society today – another upward turn in figures.” 

December’s decrease was expected as those in homelessness are often offered shelter and respite by relatives, communities, or friends over the Christmas period. 

“These festive supports are often not sustainable into the new year, so what we are seeing now is a return to the national post-Christmas upward trend of people in homelessness, and alarming figures – to which many people in our society have become desensitised to.” 

Dublin Simon Community warn that those experiencing homelessness are under immense pressure like never before due to the high house prices and cost of living in Ireland. They have also found that long-term stays in emergency accommodation have had an increasingly negative impact on the mental and physical health of those who stay there.

“It is a case of new year, new numbers, no new plan. At Dublin Simon Community we believe that there is a pressing need to adapt the housing system and accompanying strategies to better cater to the specific requirements of single-person households. 

At the risk of sounding repetitive, if the Government believes there is an adequate housing supply then it must take direct charge and prioritise and allocate specific local authority units to those homeless and in most need of permanent homes. Society as a whole demands it – if we do not get some movement in the system then we as a nation are at risk of becoming stagnant.” 

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