Homeless Figures Rise Again

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A housing charity has expressed its disappointment at the continued rise in the number of homeless people.

The latest figures from the Department of Housing show that almost 10 thousand people will be homeless this Christmas.

Over 6,100 adults and 3,800 children were living in emergency accommodation such as hotels or B&Bs last month – that’s an increase of 244 people compared to the previous month.

The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said the rise was “anticipated” as more rough sleepers were moved off the streets.

CEO of the Peter McVerry Trush, Pat Doyle, says the figures are likely to continue rising saying “I think no-one ever expected it to get this high, but, in reality, it’ll probably keep climbing.”

They have increased the number of beds in their homeless services across Dublin, Kildare and Meath in the past few days.