Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has said the latest official homeless figures are worrying and deeply disappointing. The charity said it was imperative that efforts to prevent homelessness were ramped up and that more effective measures were implemented by Health, Justice, Children and Youth Services to prevent people ending up in homelessness.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said: “The January figure is very disappointing and while it was somewhat expected given past January homeless figures a net monthly increase of 517 people is something that is unacceptable.”
“Peter McVerry Trust believes that we need to do now is to strengthen efforts across the board to prevent cases of homelessness. That needs to include better responses from the Department of Justice, from Health, from Youth and Children Services and Education. Homelessness needs to be seen as a collective responsibility of a broad range of Government Departments and not just a problem for the Department of Housing to solve.”
Mr Doyle said we must also speed up the delivery of social housing projects and get more affordable homes into the system “The onus is on everyone to work together to deliver the solutions that we know need to be put in place. That has to include faster delivery of social and affordable housing which is at the core of an effective response to homelessness.”