Build family homes, not hubs – Catherine Murphy TD on April homelessness hike

May 25, 2017

The homeless crisis has reached a new low with families forced to sleep on park benches, Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD has said.

Deputy Murphy was speaking after the release today of the Department of Housing’s April homelessness figures which show yet another increase in homeless families, children and individuals.

The latest figures show that there were 4,972 adults and 2,708 homeless children in 1,302 families, across the State. This compares with 4,875 adults, with 2,643 children in 1,256 families in March.

Deputy Murphy said: “It is outrageous that we have reached the stage where homeless families are being turned away without a bed for the night while others face the indignity of moving into a so-called “family hub” in a former Bargaintown warehouse in an industrial estate. People don’t need family hubs – they need family homes. We need to start building houses for people instead of  providing homeless accommodation in highly unsuitable locations.

“While Mr Coveney puts all his energy into the Fine Gael leadership contest, the homeless crisis has reached a new low. Homeless families and children are sleeping rough in parks in Dublin because there is no emergency accommodation for them.

“At the same time, vacant sites in towns and cities across the state are lying idle while this homeless crisis deepens. The Social Democrats have brought forward a draft law to help end this logjam. The Minister needs to wake up and see the scale of this emergency.”

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25 May 2017