Adult homelessness figures rise again in latest official statistics 9 months ago

Adult homelessness figures rise again in latest official statistics

Ireland's adult homeless population has risen yet again according to the latest figures.

The Department of Housing has released the latest official figures on homelessness in Ireland.

The report provides numbers for the month of November, as the department failed to publish the report in December of 2019.

The overall level of homelessness fell between October and November as fewer dependants and children were accessing emergency accommodation between 18 – 24 November 2019.

6,696 adults accessed emergency accommodation, up on the figure of 6,688 for the previous month. 3,752 dependents across 1,685 families were affected by homelessness in that time, compared to 3,826 for October. The total official number for the month of October stands at 10,448.

4,509 of those affected are based in Dublin, with over 1,500 more across Kildare, Louth, Cork, Kerry, Galway and Limerick.

Ireland's homeless population has now been recorded at over 10,000 for nine consecutive months. October 2019 represented an all-time high figure of 10,514.

These figures do not include women and children in domestic violence shelters funded by TUSLA, adults and children in hostels not funded by government departments, rough sleepers and those still living in Direct Provision despite having secured their leave to remain.

In December, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy survived a second vote of no confidence in Dáil Éireann.

The latest report on homelessness can be read here.