Press Release 02.09.19 | Depaulcharity

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Press Release 02.09.19

September 2nd, 2019

Depaul comments on July Homeless figures

Increase comes as homeless children begin a new school term

Monday, 2nd of September. Today saw the release of homeless figures from the Department of Housing which revealed that a total of 10,275 people accessed emergency accommodation in the month of July. The figures show an increase in the numbers when compared with the previous month.

Today's released showed there was a marked increase in the number of children experiencing homelessness when compared with the previous month's total. 3,778 children were registered as homeless, a rise of 103. The number of adults stayed the same at 6,497 with the number of families now standing at 1,721.

Depaul CEO David Carroll commented on the figures;

“The increase in the numbers experiencing homelessness reflects the volatility still being felt within housing and rental sectors. Over the last number of months, it appeared that we had turned the tide slightly on homelessness. However, July’s figures give a clear indication that we are a long way from making any significant impact on the numbers presenting as homeless.

“As we speak there are 3,778 children homeless, some of which are travelling from hotels and B&Bs to start a new school term. The previous Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, pledged there would be an end to homeless families residing in hotels and B&Bs by July 2017 however, the fact is there still remains families and children living in this situation.

“Starting a new school term is daunting enough for children without the added stresses and stigma that comes with being homeless. We need to offer children every chance to excel within their education and residing in hotels and B&Bs can, and will, severely hinder their prospects within education and further in to their lives.”

ENDS

For further reference contact:

Depaul Media Communications Officer Seán Ellis at

sean.ellis@depaulcharity.net; 01 453 7111 or 086 383 2198

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