Homeless in Dublin increased three-fold since last year

Homeless in Dublin increased three-fold since last year

The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has reportedly trebled since last year.

The Irish Times reports this morning that it has seen a draft action plan for 2014 drawn up by the four local authorities.

It shows 305 people spent their nights on the capital's streets in the first half of this year, compared to 97 in 2012.

Father Peter McVerry, who works with the homeless, says he's not shocked by these figures at all.

"That's the experience we have on the ground - more and more people are coming to us and telling us that they were looking for a bed last night and there were no beds available," he said.

"If you get a bed at night - an emergency bed - you have to ring a freephone number at 2 o'clock. We had one young man in my office who range that number at ten past two, and he was told all the beds were gone. "

McVerry said there was a "dire shortage" of social housing, with none being bought or built - resulting in a dependence on the private rental sector that "is a failure- it cannot work, it will not work."


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