Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.53 31 Jul 2020


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There were 8,699 people in emergency accommodation in June, according to the latest homeless figures.

The Department of Housing says it represents a drop of 177 on the numbers accessing emergency accommodation in May.

Last month's figures include 6,046 adults and 2,653 children.

Reacting to the figures, Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien said: "Despite the increase in exits from homelessness and the reduction in the numbers accessing emergency accommodation in June, the number of people and families in homelessness is simply too high.

"One of my main priorities as Minister will be to accelerate the numbers of people exiting homelessness and to reduce the time that people spend in emergency accommodation.

"Improved delivery of social and affordable housing will be key but we will also be focusing on increasing the levels of supports to households with complex needs."

Focus Ireland welcomed June's figures, saying it represents a fifth consecutive drop in the homeless numbers.

However, the charity says it has "grave concern" that weaknesses in the Government's legislation to extend protection to renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a fresh surge in homelessness.

This month's figures come amid reports of a number of deaths of homeless individuals - with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive saying it is aware of six deaths over the past week or so.

CEO of Dublin Simon Community, Sam McGuinness, said it has been a devastating period.

He said: "We could only offer condolences to the family and the friends of those people.

"Presently, people who are on the streets and people who are homeless.. there are an awful lot of mental health issues.

"We really, really need health supports to come in behind people in emergency accommodation and our people on the streets."

Main image: Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien. Picture by: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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