Press Release 01.03.2017
March 1st, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Homeless Charity Depaul Calls for Continued Focus On Long Term Solutions as Number of Homeless Families in Dublin Hotels Rises by 38%
As new figures released show that the number of homeless families being housed in hotels in Dublin has increased by 38% since January 2016, homeless charity Depaul is urging the government to continue to take urgent action to provide long term affordable housing and supports for people with complex needs.
The latest figures released by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that there were 764 families and 1551 children in accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs in January 2017, as compared to 553 families and 1141 children in January 2016, which is a 38% rise. In total there were 1007 homeless families across all Dublin homeless accommodation in January 2017 versus a figure of 769 families in January 2016. Although the figures also show a small 2% decrease in the number of families and children housed in private emergency accommodation such as hotels in Dublin since December, the 38% annual increase overall highlights the need for a long term affordable housing focus, and for support solutions that prevent homelessness.
Ms. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, comments: “The figures show that over 230 families became homeless between January 2016 and January 2017. While the slight decrease in the number of people being housed in private emergency accommodation since December is encouraging, the overall 38% annual rise in the number of families being placed in hotels points to an escalation of the crisis in one year. The figures also don’t take into account the number of hidden homeless there may be in Dublin. We would urge the government to put into place the steps it has committed to in its Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, such as freeing up vacant housing stock and ensuring that inter-agency policy solutions are put into place which prevent homelessness”.
Ms Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, is available for interviews on request.
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Notes to Editor:
- Depaul is a leading provider of services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We work to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.
- Depaul has been in operation for over 12 years; founded in Dublin in 2002 and Belfast in 2005. We now manage over 23 specialised accommodation and community outreach services across Dublin, Belfast, Dungannon, L/Derry, Armagh, Newry and Mourne. For more information please visit: https://ie.depaulcharity.org/
- Although Society of St. Vincent de Paul was one of Depaul’s founding partners, Depaul is a separate charity in its own right specifically addressing homelessness.
- The latest January figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive can be found at: http://www.homelessdublin.ie/homeless-families.