August homeless figures show another 'shocking' rise in children without a home

August homeless figures show another 'shocking' rise in children without a home

There are now 10,338 homeless people in the country, according to new Department of Housing figures for August released this morning.

That is a rise of 63 in a month.

Ireland now has 3,848 homeless children living in emergency accommodation after an additional 70 children became homeless across the country in August.

The numbers show that 66% of the people in emergency accommodation are based in the Dublin area.

However, the regional breakdown shows this is not just a problem in Dublin as there are 419 homeless people in Cork, 255 in Limerick, 112 in Waterford and 311 in Galway.

In the Leinster commuter counties of Kildare, Meath and Louth there are 184, 111 and 170 respectively.

The CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless, Anthony Flynn, said the actual figures are probably higher.

He said: “Yet again we have seen a further increase in the number of homeless people across the State.

"The overall figure now stands officially at 10,338 when in reality if we were as detailed as other countries in including rough sleepers, families in women’s shelters, direct provision and couch surfers this figure would be at least double this amount.

The most shocking increase is the number of children that became homeless in August as this figure increased by 70 to 3,848.

"The Minister continues to persist with the private rental market to fix a government problem and instead of council-led builds we are hearing about co-living developments, hotels being built all across the city and affordable housing that isn’t as described.

"In O’Devaney Gardens the definition of affordable would require a couple to earn €109,000 per year and have €42,000 in savings."

Mr Flynn said the government and Minister Murphy need to be held accountable for what he described as a "housing emergency".

He said: "This isn’t affordable to most people. Behind these numbers are human beings that need proper supports and homes to live in and they are being let down over and over again by the State.”

More on this topic

Spending and homelessness: We need to rebalance our prioritiesSpending and homelessness: We need to rebalance our priorities

‘Dangerous element’ moved into Cork tented village in weeks before man was killed‘Dangerous element’ moved into Cork tented village in weeks before man was killed

Homeless chef was attacked three times before fatal Cork assaultHomeless chef was attacked three times before fatal Cork assault

Homeless chef killed in Cork had previously been hospitalised three times following assaultsHomeless chef killed in Cork had previously been hospitalised three times following assaults


More in this Section

First longer Luas tram up and running on Green LineFirst longer Luas tram up and running on Green Line

Beef talks paused due to protestorsBeef talks paused due to protestors

Compensating victims of historic abuse in the North ‘remains a big priority’Compensating victims of historic abuse in the North ‘remains a big priority’

Don't succumb to the narrative of fear: Priest hits out at growing opposition to asylum seekersDon't succumb to the narrative of fear: Priest hits out at growing opposition to asylum seekers


Lifestyle

My sister Gabriella always says that during sibling whispers all I ever wanted was to be on stage.This Much I Know: Man of many talents Mike Hanrahan

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose husband is controlling and belittling her.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is so controlling – what do I do?’

Peter Dowdall branches out to take a look at the mountain ash or rowan.Rowan berries show us how nature is stocking its larder for winter

Friends and Young Offenders actors Shane Casey and Dominic MacHale speak to Pat Fitzpatrick about struggling to make it but why they are not seeking out fame.‘I was down to a euro’ - Watch The Young Offenders actors tell of struggle to make it in acting

More From The Irish Examiner