Outrage as homeless figures reach record high

It is the highest number of homeless adults , the highest number of homeless families and the highest number of homeless children in the history of the State.

Homelessness figures for November have rocketed once again and have shot up by more than 350 people in a single month.

It is the highest number of homeless adults, the highest number of homeless families and the highest number of homeless children in the history of the State - writes dublinlive.ie.

The latest figures reveal that as of November 2017, 3,333 children are now homeless with 1,530 families now in hotels and over 5,500 adults in emergency accommodation.

Focus Ireland said that the new record total of 8,857 people homeless in Ireland show the Government strategy is failing to tackle the deepening crisis.

Focus Ireland Director Of Advocacy Mike Alen said: “These latest dreadful figures clearly show that the Government Rebuilding Ireland strategy is failing to get to grips with the escalating crisis. We are in the middle of the worst crisis in living memory as nearly 9,000 people are homeless nationwide – more than one in every three of these people is a child.

Charity, Inner-City Helping Homeless have called the rising figures a "national disgrace" and added that if figures included people couch surfing or sleeping rough outside of the city centre the new figure would be well over 10,000.

This time last year there was 2,549 children homeless which shows an increase of just under 800 children in 12 months.

Speaking tonight, ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn said "The situation is at an all time high, we now have 3,333 children in emergency accommodation across the country with 5,524 adults. Although we have seen a slight decline in the number of individuals sleeping rough the number of families and children is still on the rise. This is a result of systemic policy failure. Rebuild Ireland is failing and unless we address this issue head the crisis will continue to grow."

"This must act as a line in the sand for the Government. The time has now come for the Government to take the decisions it has shied away from for several years. This includes actively building social housing, taxing those who hoard building land and protecting the rights of tenants facing eviction.”

Mr. Allen added: “We’re never going to tackle this problem if we don’t reduce the flow of people coming into homelessness. There is a failure to understand how critical that obvious point is that you need to cut the numbers coming in and not just look at the emergency measures when they’re homeless. This is a question of ideology. It’s putting property rights ahead of the rights of tenants.”

Meanwhile, the Peter McVerry Trust has said greater emphasis must be placed on prevention measures in order to stem the increase in homelessness.

Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said: "The latest figures are once again disappointing. What we need to see its better and stronger prevention actions so that we can stem the flow of people into homelessness, only then will we see the numbers stabilise."

"We know there will be a significant increase in the number of social housing units in 2018 but while we are seeing record numbers leave homelessness that's being overshadowed by record numbers entering homelessness."

"What we really need to see is security of tenure for tenants in the event of a property sale and better mental health supports for vulnerable adults in the community. If we had these two areas addressed we would see a significant drop in the numbers coming into homelessness."

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