Statement on May Homeless Figures

The report for May shows that there were 459 fewer people in emergency accommodation compared to April. The total number of homeless individuals, including dependents is 8,876. There were 173 fewer adults, 286 fewer dependants and 122 fewer families in emergency accommodation in May.

Following the publication of the Homeless Report for May, Minister Murphy commented:

“The numbers for May are encouraging as we continue to move families and individuals into permanent homes. Significantly there are fewer families in emergency accommodation today than at any point in the last three years. The number of families and children in emergency accommodation fell in 2019, the first annual fall in a number of years. The good work of those in homeless services has continued throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Nevertheless, our entire focus must remain on those who need our help to secure a permanent home.”

“The work of local authorities and NGOs over the last number of months as we work hard to keep some of our most vulnerable citizens safe during the Covid-19 crisis has been exemplary and I again want to thank everyone for their efforts.”