176 kids homeless: no sign the Government's plans are working

176 kids homeless: no sign the Government's plans are working

Sixty-six families with 176 children in the Southwest were in emergency accommodation in August, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Housing.

The number of children in Emergency Accommodation has jumped 148% since last August, resulting in 176 children without a place to call home.

Families in emergency accommodation in the Southwest has also risen by 22% since July and 164% since August 2016.

According to emergency accommodation figures released from the Department of Housing for Cork and Kerry, there are were 66 families in emergency accommodation this August.

In contrast, back in August 2015, there were just 15 families in this predicament.

The number of adults without a permanent abode is also on the increase, up 8% since July 2017, 21% since August 2016 and a whopping 59% since August 2015.

Cork Simon Communications and Communications manager Paul Sheehan said the figures were disappointing and alarming.

"After four successive months where we saw encouraging signs of the number of people in emergency accommodation fall - albeit, in small numbers, we're very disappointed and alarmed to see the number of people increasing again.” 

Looking ahead to the winter, Mr Sheehan said these figures did not sit well.

“It's clear that there's no sign of the housing and homeless crisis easing - all the more worrying as we head into the winter months.” 

With regard to the severe increase in families and children without a home, Mr Sheehan said people simply cannot find a roof they can afford to put over their head.

“August 2017 saw the highest number of families - and children, in emergency accommodation in the Southwest since January 2015, when the Department of Housing started to publish the monthly figures. Then there were 13 families with 23 children in emergency accommodation.

“Now there are 66 families with 176 children in emergency accommodation in the Southwest: a five-fold increase in two and a half years.

Speaking about the increased figures across families, adults and children Mr Sheehan said there is no sign the Government’s plan is working.

“More than one year on since the launch of Rebuilding Ireland - the Government's plan to tackle the housing and homeless crisis, there's no sign that it's working. A revised plan must be put in place as a matter of urgency. Far too many people are being left behind."

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