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# Homeless

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Homelessness
Homelessness record broken again as 11,632 people in emergency accommodation in December
The Department of Housing published the figures this afternoon.
The Department of Housing published the figures this afternoon.
A total of 8,190 adults and 3,442 children were living in emergency accommodation during the week of 19 to 25 December.
Focus Ireland has called these figures "shameful".
55 asylum seekers left without accommodation since Citywest closure
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
# Homelessness
47 people using or known to homeless services died in the Dublin area last year
The Council confirmed the figures do not include deaths in long-term accommodation, Housing First or visiting support teams.
Last year
2022
# Waterford
Council's housing chief 'loath' to axe need for homeless to require local link for emergency beds
Local authorities have previously been told by the housing minister to drop the policy for anyone seeking an emergency bed.
# Cold Snap
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.’
# Court
40 year old pleads guilty to manslaughter of homeless man in tented village in Cork
O’Sullivan had originally been charged with murder and was due to stand trial in Cork on January 30 next year.
# Courts
Woman given community service for attacking a man that she wrongly believed was a rapist
The victim checked himself out of hospital after the attack and died by suicide a week later
# record figures
Homelessness: Record high of 10,805 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,585 adults who accessed emergency accommodation in the last week of August.
In total, there were 7,585 adults who accessed emergency accommodation in the last week of August.
There were also 3,220 children recorded as accessing emergency accommodation.
August is the eighth consecutive month where the number of people accessing emergency accommodation has risen.
Sinn Féin leader labels Rental Tax Credit a 'half-baked measure' that could 'fuel rent hikes'
Explainer: There's a new rent tax credit, how can I avail of it and when will it be paid?
# Housing Crisis
'Six years ago we were in a bank's mortgage ad - now we're couch surfing'
There have been calls for the government to collect data on this kind of ‘hidden homelessness’.
# rough sleepers
Concerns raised for homeless population amid warnings of 'exceptionally' high temperatures next week
Major worries for rough sleepers include sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
# Housing Crisis
Explainer: Why are Ireland's homeless figures on the rise again?
Homeless organisations have warned the situation will only get worse without significant intervention.
# Housing
'Cost is not an issue, it's availability': TD Violet-Anne Wynne on housing
Her claim comes weeks after a member of the Oireachtas admitted to sleeping in his car due to inadequate accommodation near Dublin.
# Housing
Clare TD Violet-Anne Wynne claims she is homeless
Wynne left Sinn Féin earlier this year.
# Homelessness
Charities sound alarm as homeless figures reach 10,000 for first time since Covid lockdown
It’s the fourth consecutive month that a rise in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation has been recorded.
# Homelessness
Number of people sleeping rough in Dublin down 27% on same time last year
Figures recorded by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that 91 people were sleeping rough in Dublin from 28 March to 3 April.
# Homelessness
Charities express dismay as over 9,000 people in emergency accommodation in January
Official homeless figures for January indicate that there are now 6,587 adults and 2,563 children accessing emergency accommodation.
# ichh
Recommendations for reform of garda vetting pushed back due to 'complex' nature of review
An inter-departmental group was due to submit its recommendations at the end of 2021 but this deadline was missed.
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# Emergency Accommodation
'Children are afraid Santa won't find them': Homeless families face 'traumatic' Christmas
Over 2,500 children in Ireland are currently homeless.
# Dublin
Complaints from people staying in Dublin homeless hostels jump from 34 in 2020 to 122 in 2021
The complaints related to drug use in the facilities, alleged bullying and blood stains on bed sheets.
The complaints related to drug use, alleged bullying and conditions in the facilities, Órla Ryan reports
A number of people reported being harassed or attacked by other residents
One person said the bed covers in their hostel were "covered in blood"
Opinion: Steps were taken to reduce homelessness during Covid - we shouldn't lose momentum
# Housing Assistance Payment
Dublin Lord Mayor to tell Housing Minister that HAP scheme should include a deposit for tenants
Alison Gilliland said funding an initial deposit could be key to keeping many people out of homeless services.
# ichh
Anthony Flynn's DCC seat may remain vacant if councillors can't agree on replacement
Councillors have to date failed to reach a consensus on who should fill the seat left vacant after Flynn’s death.
Councillors were due to vote on replacing Anthony Flynn in October but were split over how to proceed
Some councillors are backing a volunteer from Inner City Helping Homeless, the charity Flynn co-founded
However others say the vote should be deferred until various investigations are complete, writes Órla Ryan
Dublin councillors at odds over filling Anthony Flynn's seat amid ICHH controversy
# Homelessness
Nearly 9,000 in emergency accommodation in October as 'worrying' upwards trend continues
2,500 children were living in emergency accommodation last month.
# Homelessness
Taoiseach tells councils that families shouldn't be evicted from homeless accommodation
Micheál Martin has urged local authorities to ‘use common sense’.
# Ana Liffey Drug Project
Covid housing supports allowed drug users to 'better engage with treatment services'
It also led to a decreased reliance on drugs and alcohol among some service users.
# Homelessness
'Unofficial money lenders' targeting people in queues at soup runs
A number of people who work or volunteer in the homelessness sector have raised concerns about the “worrying trend”.
Concerns have been raised about so-called “unofficial money lenders” targeting people as they queue in soup runs
A number of people who work or volunteer in the homelessness sector have warned about the "worrying trend"
People borrow small amounts of cash but are charged around 40% in interest, Órla Ryan reports
Dublin's homelessness authority to crack down on 'unofficial' services after ICHH scandal
# Focus Ireland
Charity helps record number of households to avoid homelessness
Focus Ireland has launched its annual report.
# soup runs
Dublin's homelessness authority to crack down on 'unofficial' services after ICHH scandal
However, volunteers say hundreds of people could go without food if certain services are shut down.
Brendan Kenny says there is "currently no vetting on many people who are actually interacting directly with homeless people"
Volunteers say hundreds of people could go without food if certain services are shut down, Órla Ryan reports
"We don't want to be a charity or a business. We're volunteers, we just want to feed the people who need us and go home"
Dublin's homelessness authority wants ICHH to be wound up 'as soon as possible'
Garda Commissioner says vetting for homelessness staff to be reviewed
# anthony flynn
Dublin's homelessness authority wants ICHH to be wound up 'as soon as possible'
An internal report for ICHH detailed four serious allegations made against the charity’s founder, Anthony Flynn.
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is "absolutely shocked" by reports of allegations relating to ICHH
The DRHE and the HSE have now arranged for a professional advice and support service
An internal report for ICHH detailed four serious allegations made against the charity's founder, Anthony Flynn
# august reports
August homeless figures show there are 8,212 people in the State without a home
There is a total of 6,023 adults and 2,189 children who are homeless.
# Housing Crisis
Lone parents and their children account for more than half of all homeless families
Less than 25% of lone parents reported home-ownership, compared with 70% of the total population.
# DePaul
Eight babies were born into a homeless charity's services last year
Depaul Ireland launched its 2020 annual report today.
# Housing Crisis
Concern as number of homeless people rises for second consecutive month
Charities say many indicators are pointing to further increases in homelessness later this year.
# Homelessness
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”.
# Housing Crisis
Concern at increase in number of homeless families last month
Homeless campaigners have called for plans that address the particular challenges facing lone parents.
Construction to begin on €30m medical centre for Dublin’s homeless
Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien visited the site this week.
# Homelessness
Private emergency accommodation must be ‘quickly phased out’, Oireachtas committee hears
The report said the Housing First initiative should be “significantly expanded”.
# Homelessness
Homelessness figures dip but charity warns of lengthy spells in emergency accommodation
May stats show that there are 5,843 adults in emergency accommodation.
# Rathmines
Hoardings were put up where homeless man was known to sleep to 'prepare building for Leaving Cert'
The man has since been contacted by homeless services.
# Vaccines
Homeless people in Dublin to start getting Covid-19 vaccines next week
The HSE plans to begin administering at a facility in Dublin city centre on Monday.
The HSE plans to begin administering at a facility in Dublin city centre on Monday.
The initial rollout will target single people living in hostels across the city.
There is an estimated 3,000 homeless people in Dublin city in addition to 700 families living in hotels.
# Veterans
'Soldiers come home with addiction problems and PTSD, but there's no real support'
More needs to be done to help veterans who previously served in the Defence Forces, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel has said.
# covid19
Lack of shower and toilet facilities exacerbating mental health issues for Dublin's rough sleepers
Dublin’s rough sleepers have been relying on the two public toilets locations in the city centre.