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# Homelessness

This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# Ashtown
'Only a matter of time before someone is killed': Hundreds attend anti-racism event in Ashtown
Ruth Coppinger helped organise an anti-racist demonstration in Ashtown in Dublin yesterday evening.
# Minister for Housing
Government haven't yet decided to extend eviction ban despite record homelessness, says O'Brien
A new record high of 11,632 people are homeless, according to the latest official figure.
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
# Citywest
55 asylum seekers left without accommodation since Citywest closure
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for families with children.
# Homelessness
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
The news comes amid reports of people being forced into sleeping on the streets upon entering Ireland.
# 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 month
January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Homelessness services prepare for potential fallout of Citywest closing to new refugees
A report by
Lauren Boland
The development has raised concerns for the welfare of refugees who arrive into the country.
# Housing Assistance Payment
There were just 41 properties available to rent for people accessing HAP last month
HAP is a form of rental benefit payment to assist lower-income households.
# housing for all
Housing targets expected to be revised upwards as Govt considers buying up apartments
The summit comes as homelessness figures broke new records for the fifth month in a row.
# Housing Crisis
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
2022
# Housing
Covid-style response must be adopted to tackle housing crisis, says Varadkar
The Taoiseach said the Government needs to turn the corner on housing as it is causing inter-generational division.
Voices
Dr Rory Hearne: 2023 –Time for Ireland to take a new direction in housing
The housing expert says as the new year approaches, it’s time we reevaluate our approach to housing across the board.
# Homelessness
Parents living in emergency accommodation 'anxious about giving children a decent Christmas'
Over 3,000 children are currently homeless in Ireland.
# 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.’
# Clondalkin
'A young girl has lost her life': Unproven claim about homeless death spreads from Facebook to the Dáil
The rumour has circulated widely online in recent days.
# Housing Crisis
Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien wins Dáil confidence vote by 86 votes to 63
A motion of no confidence was tabled by People Before Profit-Solidarity.
# salvation army
Charity housed an extra 100 people a night in Dublin last year
The Salvation Army said it supported 125 families through homelessness and gave out 38,000 meals from its hubs.
# Housing
Housing minister to face motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week
The motion being tabled by People Before Profit-Solidarity will take place just days before the Cabinet reshuffle.
# Threshold
Over 10,000 people who contacted housing non-profit were at risk of homelessness
It is among the figures in Threshold’s annual report released today.
# Housing
People have become 'desensitised' to the housing crisis, Fr Peter McVerry says
He said there appeared to be “little sense of urgency or any sense of crisis on dealing with it”.
# Homelessness
11,397 people in emergency accommodation as homelessness hits record high
The Peter McVerry Trust has said that the ban on evictions over winter should reduce the number of people coming into homelessness
# Housing
Residents of Dublin's Tathony House hold Dáil protest over potential mass eviction
The Taoiseach was criticised for saying there was a need to find a balance in the Tathony House situation
# streets of limerick
'The level of sickness we're seeing is massive': A day on addiction outreach in Limerick city
Drug workers in the city say the people seeking their services are more excluded and more unwell than ever.
# Homelessness
New pilot scheme will see shared social housing used to prevent youth homelessness
Government to pilot the use of social housing as shared accommodation for young people under new youth homelessness strategy.
THE MORNING LEAD
Councils refusing homeless accommodation to Travellers using criteria 'with no basis in law'
A report by
Michelle Hennessy
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that ‘local connection’ rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed.
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that 'local connection' rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed
Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal finds this is one of the many legal barriers for Travellers when it comes to housing
Expert: "This is... a test which has no existence in the law whatsoever"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
# Housing Crisis
Homelessness: Record high of 10,975 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,633 adults accessing emergency accommodation in the last week of September.
# Homelessness
Winter eviction ban may lead to higher homelessness levels after it expires, says Varadkar
It comes as levels of homelessness across the State hit record levels in August.
# Homelessness
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.”
# HOUSING SUPPLY
'I want the homeless number to come down': Short-term let controls on the way, says minister
Changes to the homeless HAP are also on the way.
# 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?
# Homelessness
Owners regain possession of Parkgate House after arrests of activists, court hears
One activist told the court that the state’s attitude to homelessness was to say that ‘it can’t do anything about it’.
# Homelessness
'Grimmest situation I've ever seen': Dublin Simon dealing with unprecedented levels of homelessness
‘The present thing for homeless people is they are without hope. It’s despair. It’s exhaustion,’ he said.
# Homelessness
O'Brien says more 'good landlords' needed to end historic level of homelessness
‘I’m not here to say everything is grand because it’s not,’ he stated.
# 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’.
# Housing Crisis
Homelessness: Record high 10,568 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,431 adults accessing emergency accommodation in the last week of July.
# Housing
SF's Ó Broin calls for urgent action to prevent homelessness amid spike in Notices to Quit
From April 2021 until the end of June 451 investigations have been initiated by the RTB against landlords.
# crisis
June homelessness report shows all-time highs in several categories
A total of 10,492 people, including 1,385 families with 3,071 children, are homeless.
# Housing
'Truly shocking' homeless figures as rentals available through HAP drop 46% since March
The study says that outside of Dublin, properties available to rent within HAP limits are worryingly low.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Are there 16 vacant homes for every homeless person in Ireland?
The claim was made by Cian O’Callaghan last week.