Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed ‘deep concern’ at the fact that just 5% of the €180m spend on homeless services in 2018 was spent on prevention.
The Dublin Mid-West TD has also called for the urgent introduction of an independent inspection regime for both private and voluntary sector emergency accommodation.’
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Figures released by the Department of Housing show that €180m was spent on homeless services in 2018. The figures also show that just 5% of that budget was spend on preventing people from becoming homeless.
“In Dublin the figure was even lower at just 4%. In the Mid East Region nothing was spent on homeless prevention.
“It is a matter of deep concern that there is such a big imbalance between prevention and emergency response to homelessness.
“While Government must continue to provide emergency accommodation to all those who need it the fact that just €9.6m from €180m was spent preventing people from becoming homeless is totally unacceptable.
“It demonstrates that the homeless crisis is out of control and the Government does not have a grip on it. The Government must outline a plan showing how they intend to shift the focus from emergency accommodation to prevention.
“I am also concerned that there is still no independent inspection regime for all emergency accommodation. While inspection of voluntary sector accommodation will commence this year it will be carried out by Local Councils. This is not sufficient. What is needed is a fully independent inspection regime ensuring that all emergency accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs, meet the highest possible standards.”