Press Release 14.03.2016 | Depaulcharity

Press Release 14.03.2016 | Depaulcharity

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

Press Release 14.03.2016

March 14th, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

14.03.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPAUL URGES IMMEDIATE ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS AS HOMELESSNESS FIGURES SOAR  

Depaul urges housing-led solutions to address homelessness as latest figures show 5,715 people were homeless across Ireland in January

Depaul, a charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, calls for immediate action to stem the rising tide of homelessness in Ireland. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Homelessness Report January 2016 shows that 5715 people comprising 884 families with 1830 children used emergency homeless accommodation in Ireland from January 25th-31st 2016.[i]

Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, says: “As showcased in the January 2016 figures released by the Department of the Environment, homelessness figures have reached record-high levels. That 5715 people, including 884 families with 1830 children, are in homeless accommodation across Ireland is heart-breaking. Depaul sees on a daily basis the devastation of homelessness. In our Dublin accommodation services, Depaul provides the first step off the streets for over 250 men, women and children who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. We provide them with food, shelter and supports to get back on their feet. However, the lack of affordable housing remains a barrier to moving people away from homelessness and we are seeing more and more individuals and families residing for longer periods in temporary accommodation.”

Ms. Anthony continues: “Depaul is continuing to see more and more people in need of our services due to rising rents and repossessions. This trend has been ongoing for two years. We fear that it is only set to continue, as house-building lags and repossessions rise. We are building less than half of the homes needed to meet demand, and there are plots of land zoned for development that remain untouched. For the well-being of current and future generations we urge strong and concerted action on the part of the new Government to reverse this skyrocketing trend.

It is imperative that the new Government build upon the current strategies and put in place an assortment of measures to prevent people from becoming homeless and increase pathways out of homelessness for individuals and families alike. Depaul calls for an immediate increase of Rent Supplement levels, accelerated provision of social and affordable housing for single people and families, and summary activation of the Vacant Site Levy.”

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

Ends/

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:

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.

https://ie.depaulcharity.org/

Facebook - /depaulireland

Twitter - @depaulireland

 

 

 

[i] The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Homelessness Report January 2016: http://www.environ.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/homelessness_report_january_2016_0.pdf

    This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We do not share your information with any third parties. You can disable cookies in your browser but please note this may prevent some parts of our site from functioning correctly.