Press Release 30.04.19 | Depaulcharity

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Press Release 30.04.19

May 1st, 2019

Depaul comments on Homeless figures

Increase shows challenges still persist

Tuesday, 30th of April. Today saw the release of homeless figures from the Department of Housing which revelaed a total of 10,305 people accessed emergecy accommodation in the month of March. The figures show an increase in the numbers when compared with the previous month.

The figures released also show another record for the number of people experiencing homelessness in Ireland, with a new record being set for the third successive month. There are now 3,821 children homeless in Ireland with a total of 6,484 adults also experiencing homelessness.

Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony commented on the figures;

"The slight increase in homeless figures show that the issue is not going away any time soon. This is the third successive record in as many months which indicates there is still a long way to go before we can firmly get a handle on the issue of homelessness.

"Recently we have seen in some of our emergency accommodations that over 50% of those new to homelessness were between the ages of 18-34. It is important to point out that this is a sample representing Depaul's emergency services however, for some young adults in our society that means starting your adult life off as homeless. We believe nobody should be faced with that prospect when they have so much to give and are at such a young age."

ENDS

For further reference contact;

Depaul media and communications officer Seán Ellis at

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

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