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Peter McVerry Trust has said it is very concerned by the latest homeless figures in Dublin which show 125 new families became homeless in Dublin in January 2016. The charity was commenting on figures released this afternoon by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “It is very concerning that we have seen such a massive increase in the number of new cases of family homelessness. To go from 41 families in December to 125 in January is an enormous jump and one that lays bare the growing problem of homelessness in Ireland.”
“We really hope that this figure is a post Christmas spike and will not be a trend repeated for the rest of the year. However, looking back at last year, 47 families presented as homeless in January 2015 and that turned out to be second lowest figure recorded all year. If this figure of 125 new cases is repeated or even exceeded on a monthly basis throughout the year the consequences would be enormous.”
“The statement from the DRHE clearly point out that rent supplement rates must be raised with immediate effect. Efforts to prevent homelessness must be immediately ramped up and all necessary resources made available to prevent individuals, couples and families from becoming homeless.”
Mr Doyle said the report from the DRHE points to three main causes of these new cases of homelessness. “The report shows that the three main causes of families becoming homeless are eviction from private rental accommodation, overcrowding and relationships breaking down.”
Mr Doyle also pointed to a warning from the DRHE that achieving the number of move ons to social housing recorded in 2015 will be very difficult in 2016. “Peter McVerry Trust has previously highlighted the fact that many social housing units delivered in Dublin during 2015 came from quick turnaround Local Authority voids. There are very few of these left and therefore move ons will either have to come from new build social housing or private rental accommodation, both of which are in short supply at the moment.”
Concluding Mr Doyle called for the an emergency meeting to be convened by the next Taoiseach in order to develop a cross Government approach to tackling the emergency. “Once the next Government is formed we need to see a high level response led by the next Taoiseach to dealing with the homeless emergency we need all relevant Government departments working with frontline agencies to tackle the issue.”