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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 Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government figures:



Mortgage Arrears


Vacant Dwellings

You can read more about empty homes statistics here.


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%. This upward trend continued into 2016 and in December of last year, 7,148 were accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland. An increase of 36% from the previous December of 2015.

How many people exited homelessness in 2016? Figures supplied to Dáil Éireann by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, state that 2,700 people exited homelessness in 2016. If 5,241 people were accessing emergency accommodation in December 2015 and 7,148 people were recorded as homeless in December 2016, the net increase in cases of homelessness in Ireland during 2016 would be 4,607. This net increase figure can also be broken down into 13 people per day. 

Estimated number of rough sleepers in Dublin – Winter 2016: 142 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


Types of Homelessness

Download the poster Types of Homelessness


On World Homeless Day 2014, Peter McVerry Trust launched an educational resource website for second level students and teachers in Ireland, HomelessnessinIreland.ie.

HomelessnessinIreland.ie can provide your students with information that will give them a greater understanding of the issue in an Irish context. The website features details on the causes of homelessness, personal stories from people effected by it and what students can do to take action against the situation.


Download or Order Infographics

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: