Figures for homeless are ‘shocking’ but not ‘surprising’

Figures for homeless are ‘shocking’ but not ‘surprising’

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has described the 45 per cent increase in family homelessness in Dublin as ‘shocking’ but not ‘surprising’.

The latest figures from the Dublin Homeless Executive show that the number of homeless families has increased to 1,026 in October with 2,110 children.

Homeless rough sleeper

Deputy Ó Broin said: “There has been a 45 per cent increase since October 2015. It is completely unacceptable that there are now 2,110 children living in emergency accommodation.

“This figure is shocking. The Government is not responding to the homelessness crisis with sufficient urgency.

“Minister Coveney needs to provide emergency funding to the four Dublin Councils. With further delays to the Rapid Build Programme the only solution is to purchase the homes.

“Today I introduced the Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill which would provide tenants with greater protections.

“Unfortunately, to date Minister Coveney has set his face against such reforms. ”

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