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Thursday 30 November 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# Focus Ireland

This year
Focus Ireland recorded 30% increase in service users last year as homelessness rose
Around 16,000 people used the charity’s services in 2022, rising from 12,300 the previous year.
Garda stations have no facilities to house families left homeless after eviction ban ends
Focus Ireland expects that a significant number of people will be made homeless after the eviction ban ends on 1 April.
Dublin Regional Homeless Executive increases emergency bed capacity amid cold spell
‘Homeless organisations and local authorities work really well’ during cold weather emergencies, said the Executive Director of the Simon Communities.
Homelessness record broken again as 11,542 people in emergency accommodation in November
The CEO of Dublin Simon Community said that the figures convey “nothing short of a tragedy.”
Last year
Parents living in emergency accommodation 'anxious about giving children a decent Christmas'
Over 3,000 children are currently homeless in Ireland.
Outreach groups 'doing all they can' so rough sleepers take up emergency accommodation
‘For a whole variety of reasons they may not trust services, they may not trust workers at those services.’
Focus Ireland launch 2021 report amid rapidly worsening homelessness crisis
“We are tired of being told it will take time to provide housing. We haven’t got the time.”
All time
'I just remember thinking: 'Oh my God, this is our life'.'
Focus Ireland launched an art exhibition highlighting families living in homelessness today.
Jump in number of homeless is 'serious concern', says Housing Minister
Latest figures showed there were 8,475 people who are homeless in September – the fourth consecutive month that the number has risen.
Opposition says Budget does 'nothing' for renters as minister hints at 'more permanent caps'
SocDems TD Cian O’Callaghan told the Dáil: “What does this Budget do for renters? Nothing.”
Charity helps record number of households to avoid homelessness
Focus Ireland has launched its annual report.
Homeless charities hit back after Keegan says 'whole industry' sustaining people sleeping in tents
He said the policy of removing tents is “not very popular, but we do it because we don’t believe it’s appropriate”.
Slight decrease of 75 in February homelessness figures
February stats show that there are 8,238 people in emergency accommodation.
Bohemians team up with Fontaines DC to tackle homelessness with new away shirt
The jersey aims to support the Focus Ireland charity.
Progress made in reducing homeless figures at start of pandemic now being eroded, charities say
The latest figures show that there were 8,313 men, women and children in emergency accommodation in January.
Slight drop in latest homeless figures, charities raise 'grave concerns' over recent deaths
The number of families accessing emergency accommodation has increased to 1,128.
'I got a call from Focus Ireland inviting me to view an apartment ... it felt like heaven'
Focus Ireland launched its annual report for 2019 this morning
Homeless charities demand action in the Budget as latest figures show 8,700 in emergency accommodation
The figures dropped slightly last month compared to July.
Focus Ireland ordered to pay €22,000 to 68-year-old 'humiliated' mediator for unlawfully retiring him
Baneham found that McGrath’s role with Focus Ireland “was ended through unlawful and less favourable treatment because of his age”.
Cork people asked to sleep in their gardens this weekend to raise funds for the homeless
The event is due to take place this Saturday.
'There are no longer physical visits': New challenges for homeless families during coronavirus outbreak
Homeless services and local councils have been working to prepare for the spread of Covid-19.
'We were in crisis before coronavirus': Housing charities set aside rooms for homeless people who need to self-isolate
Homeless charities are preparing for Covid-19.
Opinion: The two homeless tragedies this week mean the Irish electorate is alert to this issue
There are votes out there for politicians with ambitious and credible plans on housing, writes Focus Ireland’s Mike Allen
'Babies are being born homeless': Charity demands action from government on child homelessness
Focus Ireland launched an urgent Christmas appeal today.
'This must end': Homelessness figures reach over 10,000 for eighth consecutive month
10,397 people were in emergency accommodation in Ireland in September.
'They told me I was getting a home ... it was real surreal'
Focus Ireland launched its annual report for 2018 this morning.
Landlords selling a private rental property one of the main drivers of family homelessness in Dublin
The research from homeless charity Focus Ireland examines family homelessness in Dublin.
Opinion: 10% of homeless families have been made homeless for a second time
Families exiting homelessness are increasingly accommodated in the private rental sector. But if the landlord decides to sell up – the family becomes homeless again, writes Wayne Stanley.
Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.
'We have very different values': Focus official hits back at Skehan's comments that homelessness is 'normal'
Mike Allen appeared on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live last night.
Former top housing official claims homelessness in Ireland is 'normal'
Former chair of the Housing Agency Conor Skehan made his comments on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live last night.
"We live in a time where a song's lyrics upsets us more than our own people living on the streets"
A Cork man has made an eye opening video about homelessness.
'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families
A new report looks into the experiences of new families with young parents.
The number of homeless adults in Ireland has risen by 130 in the space of a month
There are now collectively 9,724 people living in homeless accommodation across Ireland.
The government is trying to reduce chronic homelessness ... Here's how Finland ended it
Finland provides a positive example of what can be done to end long-term homelessness.
Homeless figures remain below 10,000 ... but government says more categorisation issues identified
The Department of Housing recorded 9,527 people in emergency accommodation last month.
Mother and one-year-old child walk streets waiting to hear about accommodation for the night
One woman was left with nowhere to go earlier this week after she says she was told her child wasn’t registered as homeless.
Child homelessness rises 35% during Eoghan Murphy's first year in office
There were a record 9,872 people in emergency accommodation in June.
'Before they came into my life, I faced closed doors - now the only closed door I face is my own'
Focus Ireland launched its 2017 annual report this morning.
Leaving Cert students sat the first ever Politics exam today - here's what was in it
A tweet from Leo Varadkar featured on the first ever exam.