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Housing and homelessness crisis in numbers

Date: August 2019

  • During one week in June 2019 (latest available figures), there were 10,172 people living in emergency accommodation, including 6,497 adults without dependents in their care and 1,686 families composed of 2,387 adults and 3,675 children. (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG), June 2019)
  • On the night of 9th April 2019, there were 128 people without a place to sleep in Dublin City. Unfortunately, Dublin is the only area where an official rough sleeper count takes place, making it difficult to get a countrywide rough sleeping picture. (Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE), 2019).
  • According to Census 2016, a total of 6,909 people were enumerated as homeless on Census night 2016. Unlike Census 2011 this figure does not include those people living in Long Term Accommodation (LTA) which amounted to 1,772 people on Census night 2016. Including those living in LTA a direct comparison with Census 2011 reveals a 127.9% increase in homelessness in the intervening period between Census 2011 and Census 2016, representing a total of 8.678 people (CSO, 2017).
  • Homelessness and housing insecurity are more acute and visible in our cities but the Simon Communities are working at capacity countrywide – in urban and rural areas.
  • According to Census 2016, there are 183,312 vacant houses nationwide (CSO, 2017).
  • There are 71,858 households on the social housing waiting list. Just under 60% of households on the list were living in the private rented sector and over a quarter of all households qualified for support are waiting more than seven years for a social housing support. 5,663 households (7.9%) had at least one member considered to be homeless, a proportion which has more than doubled since 2013 (Housing Agency, 2018).
  • Social housing commitments will take time to begin to deliver housing. This is far too long for the people we work with and those at risk of homelessness. In 2018, 4,251 Local Authority and Approved Housing Body new social housing units were built.
  • Average national rent now stands at €1,391 ( Rental Report Q2, 2019). This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 6.7%. 
  • The Simon Communities of Ireland's Locked Out of the Market XIV found that 92% of rental properties are beyond the reach for those in receipt of state housing support (Simon Communities, 2019).
  • Over 72,000 principle dwelling mortgage accounts are in arrears. 44% of all mortgage arrears are in arrears of over 720 days (Central Bank of Ireland, December 2017).
  • At the end of September 2017, 18,864 or 15% of buy-to-let mortgages, were in arrears of more than 90 days. (Central Bank of Ireland, December 2017).
  • 6.7% of people are living in consistent poverty in Ireland. (CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 2017).
  • 15.7% of people are at-risk of poverty in Ireland. (CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 2017).
  • In 2016, 18.8% of the population experienced two or more types of enforced deprivation. (CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 2017).

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Liam Corcoran
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Tel: 01 671 1124

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