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New figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that almost five and half thousand adults accessed emergency homeless shelters in Dublin last year. The homeless and housing charity, Peter McVerry Trust said that the figures reveal the shocking scale of the homeless emergency in Ireland.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The fact that 5,480 adults experienced homelessness in Dublin last year is frightening. To think that when children are added to this figure we had over 7,000 people experience homelessness in Dublin during 2015 is simply shocking. These figures must serve as a major wake up call. The next Government must develop a high level, rapid action response to the issue. It is clear that we now need a senior minister for Housing and Homelessness to coordinate a cross Governmental response.”
“Unfortunately, the figures show that rather than eliminating long term homelessness in 2016 it is actually increasing. The number of people in long term homelessness for 6 months or more now stands at 57% of all adults accessing emergency accommodation in Dublin, the highest it’s been for anytime in the past two years.”
Mr Doyle said rapid housing provision was the only solution for people in homelessness and that finding a solution to the flow of individuals, couples and families into homelessness had to be found immediately.
“In the second half of 2015 we averaged 6 new adults becoming homeless every day in Dublin. The number of people becoming homeless is double the number that is able to leave homelessness behind. The numbers in homeless shelters has increased in each quarter for the last two years. If there is no solution to the flow of new people into homelessness there will undoubtedly be another significant increase in homeless figures this year too. If the rent supplement rates are not going to be raised then alternatives must be put forward because the measures in place now are allowing far too many people to slip through the net.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said rapid housing provision must be delivered in 2016 and that the new units delivered must prioritise the people who have become trapped in homelessness. “The rapid provision of housing must be core to the first 100 days of the next Government. Every opportunity and idea has to be explored to fix the acute housing shortage. Concerted political efforts will be needed to deliver the 500 modular homes already promised and rapid housing techniques must be explored in order to achieve at least another 1,000 similar quick build units on top of the 500 modular units already committed to delivery for 2016.”