Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said ‘the dramatic increase in the number of children in emergency accommodation in July is further evidence that the Governments housing strategy has failed’.
The comment comes as the Department of Housing released the official homeless figures for July.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The latest figures from the Department of Housing show a dramatic increase in the number of children in emergency accommodation. In July there were 3,778 children in Department of Education funded emergency accommodation up 133 on the June figures.
“There was also an increase in the number of families with 1,721 recorded in July up 35 on the previous month. Meanwhile the total number of adults remained static at 6,497.
“For the sixth month in a row the number of people officially classified as homeless has remained above 10,000 with a total of 10,275.
“It is important to stress that this figure excludes other categories of homeless people including women and children in domestic violence shelters funded by Tulsa, adults and children in hostels not funded by Government, rough sleepers and those trapped in Direct Provision despite having secured their leave to remain.
“Today’s figures are deeply depressing and are evidence that the Government strategy to tackle the ongoing housing and homelessness crises are not working.
“The Minister claims he is doing everything he can to address the homeless crisis. This is simply untrue. Sinn Féin and others have repeatedly outlined policy alternatives that he has refused to implement.
“We need a significant increase in investment in public housing and faster delivery time for much needed social and affordable homes. We also need to set the flow of families into homelessness by removing vacant possession as a grounds for issuing a notice to quit when a landlord is selling a rental property.”