546 homeless households in county raises concern

546 homeless households in county raises concern

THERE is a total of 546 homeless households in South Dublin County, according to recently released figures, and the majority of these are single men – totalling 273.

The figures, which were recorded on May 31 this year and are the most recent figures available, were released at Monday’s monthly meeting of the council.

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There is a total of 546 homeless households in the county

The figures were broken down into individual households, and 273 of these households consisted of single men, 202 of the homeless households were families, 55 were single women, while 16 were couples.

The council also advised that their homelessness services have been running throughout the pandemic, and will continue to do so.

The local authority stated: “The council’s homeless supports have continued to operate throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and, in conjunction with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE), HSE and various other partners, have continued to provide a broad range of critical services for households requiring supports during this current climate. 

“All such households are encouraged to make contact with our homeless unit by phone at 01-4149364 or by email to sdcchomeless@sdublincoco.ie, while our freephone number (1800 707 707) is also available out-of-hours for those in need of emergency accommodation.

“Our homeless unit are operating in-person appointments in the office only where absolutely necessary and any such appointments will be arranged by our team in line with appropriate health and safety and related requirements.

“Any person(s) in receipt of a valid notice to quit can contact the team using the contact details [for the] above office for advice and the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) at the higher rate remains available to applicants who are at imminent risk of losing their tenancy.”

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