Latest figures show over 1,600 children in Dublin in emergency accommodation

The number of homeless families has risen by 30% in the last six months

Latest figures show over 1,600 children in Dublin in emergency accommodation

The Homeless Jesus Sculpture outside Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the headline mistakenly referred to the statistics as relating to the period of March 22-28. The correct period is February 22-28.

790 families including over 1,600 children were in emergency accommodation in Dublin from February 22nd to 28th.

Figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that 581 families including 1,201 children were in hotel accommodation.

209 families including 415 children were in other homeless accommodation.

Depaul, which campaigns on behalf of the homeless, says it was calling for immediate action on the crisis six months ago, but since then, the number of homeless families has risen by 30% and the number of homeless children is up by 27%.

CEO Kerry Anthony said: "The figures released today by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show what Depaul is seeing every day in our Dublin services – increasing numbers of families and children becoming homeless due to the housing crisis."

"This situation has reached emergency status, and we call upon the new Government to act on this issue immediately."

"A dynamic and robust national housing plan that delivers on its housing commitments, addresses increasing demand and unaffordability in the private rental sector, and prioritises the prevention of homelessness by increasing rent supplement limits and tenure security is long overdue."