Press Release 28.03.18
March 28th, 2018
Depaul comments on latest homeless numbers released by Dept. of Housing
Homelessness charity greatly concerned about the continued flow of people entering homelessness
Wednesday, 28th March 2018. Figures today released by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy showed that in the month of February an additional 222 families entered homelessness. This staggering number has brought the overall homeless population dangerously close to the 10,000 mark, with 6,082 adults and 3,755 children bringing the total homeless figure for February 2018 to 9,807.
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony commented on the latest figures:
“The flow of families into homelessness is shocking, On the frontline, Depaul’s specialised service for mothers and children in Dublin has had a noticeably full utilization of its emergency family units. For the number of families in homelessness to have increased by 40% year on year, for the number of families in homeless to have increased by 222 in the last month alone makes it clear that policymakers need to re-examine the overall strategy for homelessness prevention.
Considering the extraordinary cold weather conditions experienced in the early months of this year, it is greatly concerning that there are now more 9,800 homeless men, women and children in the State. To have so many people without suitable accommodation means we must call on Minister Murphy to engage with the voluntary sector, the Dublin Homeless Network and others to re-launch and re-invigorate efforts to tackle this crisis.”
For further reference contact;
Depaul Media Officer Sinéad Healy
01 453 7111, 086 383 2198