More than 420 adults were in emergency accommodation in Cork in July, the highest number on record, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing.
The department’s figures show that July saw the highest number of adults per month in emergency accommodation in Cork at 422 - up five percent compared to the month before.
July also saw the highest number of men, women and children (890) per month in emergency accommodation in Cork and Kerry – up 7% compared to June and up 31% in 12 months.
Almost 240 of these were women, the highest number of women in emergency accommodation recorded in Cork and Kerry.
Meanwhile, more than 140 families were also in emergency accommodation in the region in the same period, an increase of more than 50% in one year.
The increase in July followed two months of a slight decline in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation in the Cork and southwest region.
“It’s most disappointing that the number of people accessing emergency accommodation in Cork and the Southwest rose in July, following two consecutive months of decline,” said Paul Sheehan, Campaigns & Communications Manager for Cork Simon, the homeless charity.
“As the Dáil prepares to return on September 17, solutions to this crisis must be to the fore of political discussion at the highest levels.
“If those in housing exclusion and homelessness are to weather the economic difficulties that lie ahead as a result of Brexit, we need to continue to increase the housing infrastructure that will provide affordable homes,” he added.
“More than three years after the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, we would ask the Minister to look again at the allocation levels of social housing to those in long-term homelessness.”