Minister Murphy’s statement on November homeless figures

Mr. Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, today, (20th December 2018) published his Department’s November Homelessness Report. The report, based on data provided by housing authorities, captures details of individuals accessing State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities.

National Figures November 2018
Adults 6,157
Families 1,728*
Dependants 3,811

 *Adults associated with these families are included in the 6,157 figure

  • Increase of 19 families nationally and 1 family in Dublin;
  • Nationally there was an overall increase of 158 Adults and 86 dependents;
  • A decrease of 96 families accommodated in hotels in Dublin;
  • For the fourth consecutive month the number of families presenting to homeless services in Dublin, where the challenge of homeless remains the most difficult, has decreased;
  • 85 families were prevented from entering emergency accommodation in Dublin during the month of November;
  • 67 families exited emergency accommodation into homes in Dublin in the month of November;
  • 182 beds for those sleeping rough were added to the system.

The Minister said: “The increase in adults in emergency accommodation was anticipated as we moved rough sleepers off the streets and into the new beds provided from additional money made available. No increase is welcome but at least these people are now getting better support and care as we now work to move them into Housing First and other permanent housing solutions.”

“It is very disappointing to see more children in emergency accommodation as we enter into Christmas week. I am glad though that for a very large number of families, they will not be spending this Christmas in a hotel thanks to the dedicated efforts of all involved and the continued rollout of new Family Hubs.”

The Minister continued stating, “I want to assure all individuals and families experiencing homelessness that it is an absolute priority for my Department to deliver the housing solutions needed.  In 2019, we will continue to increase the delivery of social housing to provide more people with homes.  The Government will also provide increased funding for the provision of homeless services, with a 25% increase in the budget to €146m, to ensure that all individuals and families receive the assistance and support that they require until a home is secured”.