Dublin TD Eoin O Broin blasts Government over 'continued failure' of housing policy

The figure is up 20 percent since last October.

The Government's "continued failure" has left the number of people in emergency accommodation at a record high in south Dublin, it has been claimed.

New figures show there are now 550 emergency accommodation households in the South Dublin County area - 269 of which are families with children.

The figure is up 20 percent since last October with Dublin Mid West TD Eoin O Broin branding the situation as a "sign of the continued failure of Government household policy".

He said: “This level of homelessness is shocking and a clear sign of the continued failure of Government housing policy.

“In March a total of 505 households presented as homeless to the council. Yet in the same month just 28 families were moved on to a permanent home.

“The Minister for Housing must release additional funds for councils to buy turn key properties to get people out of emergency accommodation more quickly. He must also give greater protection to tenants facing homelessness as a result of eviction from the private rental sector.”

The figures come as Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy declined an invitation to attend an Oireachtas Housing Committee hearing on the reclassification of homeless numbers last March.

Earlier this month, it emerged that the Department of Housing instructed a number of local authorities not to include people it previously considered homeless in March's monthly figures.

A memo sent to members of Louth County Council said that those living private housing should be omitted from the figures, even if their accommodation was paid for using homeless funding.

In Dublin, more than 100 people across 26 families previously classified as homeless were also removed from the council's figures.

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