Press Release 08.03.2016 | Depaulcharity

Press Release 08.03.2016 | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Press Release 08.03.2016

March 8th, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

08.03.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, DEPAUL HIGHLIGHTS RISE IN FEMALE HOMELESSNESS

Homeless charity Depaul reveals that the number of women experiencing homelessness increased by 41% in 2015 to comprise 38% of homeless population

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, homeless charity Depaul highlights the rise in female homelessness in Ireland. Official statistics show that there has been a 41% increase in the number of women experiencing homelessness in Ireland in a one-year period, and females now comprise 38% of Ireland’s homeless population.

Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, comments: “The statistics corroborate what Depaul has been seeing across our services, which is that more and more women are turning to us for critical homelessness supports. The 41% increase in female homelessness reflects the escalation in family homelessness which almost doubled during the same time period. Across our Dublin services we are seeing more and more single women and women with children becoming homeless for financial reasons, because their homes have been repossessed or their incomes haven’t kept pace with escalating rents.

In Depaul’s Tus Nua service, the only service of its kind in Ireland for women who are homeless upon leaving prison, we see how issues such a history of violence and abuse, addiction and cripplingly low self-esteem can lead women down a path of poverty, offending behaviour and homelessness. We work with these women on a one-to-one basis, helping them to address the issues that have led to their homelessness situation and to make positive steps towards a brighter future.

At Depaul we believe that everyone deserves a place to call home and a stake in their community. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the women who have made it through and out of homelessness. We celebrate the potential of the 1400 women currently using homeless services in Ireland. We draw attention to the growing numbers of women becoming homeless across the country. And we call upon the new Government to deliver robust, housing-led solutions to protect even more women from the devastation of homelessness.”  

Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, is available for interviews on request.

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For further information contact:

Kristina Moody

Fundraising & Media Coordinator

Kristina.moody@depaulcharity.net

00 353 1 453 7111

00 353 86 383 2198

 

Mairead Murphy

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 

Mairead.Murphy@depaulcharity.net

00 353 1 453 7111

00 353 86 781 3139

 

Notes to Editor:

Homelessness Figures:

  • Latest figures from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government show that in the week December 21st-27th 2015, there were 3625 adults including 2230 males and 1395 females who were in emergency accommodation nationwide.
  • During the week December 22nd-28th 2014, there were 2858 adults including 1869 males and 989 females who were in emergency accommodation across the nation.
  • These figures reveal a 41% increase in female homelessness in a one-year period.
  • These figures reveal that females now comprise a larger portion of the total number of adults who are homeless, from 35% in December 2014 to 38% in December 2015. 

http://www.environ.ie/housing/homelessness/homeless-people

About Depaul:

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.

In 2014 we provided 423 beds per night and 3,325 people accessed our services.

Depaul has been in operation for over 12 years; founded in Dublin in 2002 and Belfast in 20015. We now manage 23 specialised accommodation and community outreach services across Dublin, Belfast, Dungannon, L/Derry, Armagh, Newry and Mourne.

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