Number of families in emergency accommodation doubles in one year

Number of families in emergency accommodation doubles in one year

The number of homeless families living in emergency accommodation in Dublin has more than doubled in the past year.

Focus Ireland is now calling for urgent Government intervention to deal with the "child welfare crisis".

The Irish Times reports that new figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show almost 700 children living in emergency accommodation in the capital, the highest level since the housing crisis began.

The executive, which oversees homeless services, says the number of families losing their homes is not reducing.

In late October, there were 1,101 people in families - 680 children and their 421 parents - in all types of emergency accommodation.

Last November there were 128 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin.


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