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National emergency accommodation figures show 26% increase over the last year

Simon Communities Respond to latest Emergency Accommodation figures

Friday, November 25, 2016

 The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that the national figures demonstrate the number of people becoming homeless and trapped in emergency accommodation remain too high, indicating the urgent need for action. 

The national figures, released for October, show that there are 6, 847people trapped in emergency accommodation, a year on year increase of 26%. There are 2,470 children (a year on year increase of 34%) and 1,178 families (a year on year increase of 34%). These figures also report a devastating 2,794 adults without dependants in their care are trapped in emergency accommodation (a year on year increase 13%).  
Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for the Simon Communities said that the Government must urgently prioritise implementation of Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.
Rebuilding Ireland was a hugely positive step but it is critical that we don’t lose momentum and urgency. While it is welcome to see some slow-down in the numbers of families and children entering into emergency accommodation, the numbers remain far too high. We are particularly alarmed that the number of single adults has increased significantly, with 79 people entering emergency accommodation in October alone. This brings the total to 2,794. These are people who are often forgotten and who have been failed by the state, time and time again. 

We know that many of the people who are homeless are coming from the Private Rental Sector and we are hopeful that the Strategy, due out in the coming weeks, will include strong measures to address this. We continue to call for full rent certainty with rents index liked to the Consumer Price Index action to enhance security of tenure.  Such measures was supported in the

Report of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness. Keeping people in the homes that they already have is key to stopping the flow of people into homelessness.'
The Simon Communities deliver supports and services to over 7,500 people and families who experience or are at risk of homelessness every year.  

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Helen McCormack
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Homelessness - the numbers 

• During one week in October 2016 (latest available figures), there were 6,847 men, women and children in emergency accommodation across the country; a 26 % increase from the same week in October 2015. This included 2,794 adults with no dependents in their care and 1,178 families made up of 1,583 adults and 2,470 children. (DHPCLG, October 2016).
• During one night in April 2016, there were 171 people without a place to sleep in Dublin City.  This included 102 people sleeping rough and 69 people sheltering at the Nite Café.  Unfortunately, Dublin is the only area where an official rough sleeper count takes place, making it difficult to get a countrywide rough sleeping picture. (DRHE 2015) Figures from Cork Simon Community indicate that rough sleeping in Cork City increased nine-fold in four years (2011-2015).

About Simon Communities

The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for over 40 years.  The Simon Communities deliver support and service to over 7,500 individuals and families throughout Ireland who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness every year. Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon’s door is always open. For more information please log on to

Services range from
• Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk;
• Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence;
• Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety;
• Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.  

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