Homelessness on the rise in Cork new figures reveal

Homelessness on the rise in Cork new figures reveal

CORK has seen a slight increase in the number of adults accessing emergency accommodation in August.

In a report published by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, 400 people in Cork were accessing local authority managed emergency accommodation during the week of August 24-30.

This is an increase of 23 people compared to the July report which showed that 377 people in Cork were accessing this type of emergency accommodation during the week of July 20-26 this year.

Nationally, 6,082 adults accessed emergency accommodation during the week of August 24-30.

Speaking to The Echo following the publication of the Homelessness Report for August 2020, Solidarity TD, Mick Barry, said the Government must immediately reintroduce a blanket ban on evictions.

“Homelessness is on the rise in Cork and we now have 400 adults forced to live in emergency accommodation.

“It is insane to allow evictions and homelessness to rise at the same time that Covid-19 infections are on the increase,” said mr Barry.

“The blanket ban on evictions must be reinstated without further delay.”

The Government introduced a blanket ban on evictions and rent increases in response to the Covid-19 crisis in March, which came to an end on August 1.

Whilst there is legislation in place — which bans evictions and rent increases for those who can prove they have been financially impacted by Covid-19 — until January 2021, Mr Barry said more needs to be done to protect tenants.

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