Homelessness Figures Only Paint Half the Picture

February 21, 2017

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy has said that while the release of the latest Homelessness stats today paint a shocking picture it is still only part of the picture and does not capture the true extend of the homelessness crisis.  Deputy Murphy pointed out that the statistics do not take account of the numbers of families and individuals who are sharing unsuitable accommodation, sleeping on floors or moving between friends and families sofas each week.

Social Democrats Co-Leader Catherine Murphy TD said:

“The statistics today paint yet another sobering picture of a crisis that is continuing to spiral out of control despite the many government statements on the matter. There have been so many words but so little real and meaningful action to address the problem as needed with a combination of short, medium and long-term solutions.  All the while people continue to face either the prospect of losing their homes or another night where they don’t know if they or the children will have a bed.”

“The services are not equipped to deal with the demand even as a short-term measure.  Dublin for example has 3247 homeless adults in Dublin alone, again not counting the people who are living from couch to couch.  My own area of Kildare has 108 adults homeless as per these statistics but has a distinct lack of homelessness services and the Minister has neglected to include Maynooth, one of the largest residential commuter towns, as a rent pressure zone despite its rent being on a par with Dublin rents thus adding to the housing crisis.”

[ENDS] 21st February 2017