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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. We would encourage you to take the time to view our videos on our You Tube Channel where people we have helped talk about their experiences. 

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

Number of People Experiencing Homelessness

In spring 2018, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has undertaken an exercise to examine the categorisation of certain homeless households and their inclusion in the official monthly homeless reports. This process removed 1,606 people from the monthly homeless reports because of a dispute as to what designated emergency accommodation types should be included in the monthly reports. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s explanation of their actions can be found here

If these predominantly homeless households had not been removed the total homeless figure would currently stand at 11,304 at the end of September 2018. This figure does not include people sleeping rough, people couch surfing, homeless people in hospitals and prisons, those in Direct provision centres, and homeless households in Domestic Violence Refuges. These people are not included in the regular monthly homeless figures as they are not accessing emergency homeless accommodation funded through Section 10 of the Housing Act.


Homelessness Overview

Is homelessness increasing or decreasing in Ireland? Unfortunately, homelessness is increasing year on year. Between December 2014 and May 2018  there was a net increase of 6,988 people recorded as homeless. This upward trend has existed for a number of years and the number of people becoming homeless on a daily average has increased.

How many people exited homelessness in 2017? In a statement reacting to the publication of the January 2018 homeless figures, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said over 4,000 adults had exited homelessness in Ireland in 2017.   This means that if 7,148 people were accessing emergency accommodation in December 2016 and 8,587 people were recorded as homeless in December 2017, the net increase in cases of homelessness in Ireland during 2017 would be 1,439. This net increase together with exits means at least an additional 5,439 new cases of homelessness were recorded in 2017. This figure can also be broken down into 15 people per day. 

Estimated number of rough sleepers in Dublin – spring 2018 : 110 people were 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 – 2017



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.


Order Infographics and Other Materials

You can order a printed copy of the infographcis above together with other facts and figures about homelessness from us. Please email info@pmvtrust.ie or call 01 823 0776 for further details.