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Facts and Figures

Statistics on homelessness are important in helping to analyse and understand the issue. However, it is important to note that these numbers cannot convey the personal trauma that homelessness can bring.

This page provides statistical information on homelessness in Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust’s services.

Number of People Experiencing Homelessness

The below figures are based on official Department of Environment figures:


Mortgage Arrears


Vacant Dwellings

CSO 2016 Vacant Dwellings

Homelessness Overview

Is homelessness increasing or decreasing in Ireland? Unfortunately, homelessness is increasing year on year. Between December 2014 and December 2015 there was a net increase in the number of people recorded as homeless of 1,700 people, an increase of  43%.

How many people exited homelessness in 2015? The Department of Environment and Housing Agency claimed in the Social Housing Output Report for 2015 that 2,000 people were expected to exit homelessness in 2015. However, at the time that the report was published the year end analysis had not been completed or published by the Department. If 2,000 people did exit homeless it means that at least 3,700 people became homeless in Ireland last year. However, in reality that figure is likely to be much higher when unique individual experiences of homelessness would be totaled.  These figures unfortunately are not made available.

Estimated number of rough sleepers in Dublin – Spring 2016: 102 persons recorded as sleeping rough in Dublin on the night of the official rough sleeper count.

You can read and watch the personal stories of people who Peter McVerry Trust has supported here.

Overview of Peter McVerry Trust




You can download our infographics (below) or you can order a printed copy in sizes A3/A4/A5 from us. Please email info@pmvtrust.ie or call 01 823 0776 for further details: