Record Rates Of Homelessness Persist

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12,827 people accessed emergency accommodation in September representing an increase of 136 (1.1%) on August in the Monthly Homeless Report for September 2023

This includes an increase of 132 single adults and six families accessing emergency accommodation during the count week.

8,923 adults and 3,904 children accessed emergency accommodation last month, bringing the total to 12,827 people.

The figures are an increase of 136 compared to August, when there were 12,691 people in emergency accommodation.

The figures show the number of children homeless in Ireland has reached another record high of 3,904.

The numbers of new families presenting to homeless services and the numbers entering and exiting emergency accommodation on a national basis.

The Quarterly Report also shows that 46.3% of single households accessing emergency accommodation have been in emergency accommodation for less than 6 months (2,646 of 5,711 single households).

Commenting on the reports published today, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, said:

“Those without a home remain the top priority for this Government. My Department is making funding of €242 million available for the delivery of homeless services in 2024 – a 12.6% increase on the Budget 2023 allocation and we have been clear that there will be no obstacle in funding much needed services.

“As we can see from the monthly report for September unfortunately, there has been a further increase in the numbers of people in emergency accommodation and the reasons for this remain varied and complex. 

“However, the situation is very challenging and tackling this issue is a Government priority. We know that increasing the supply of new homes, particularly social and affordable homes, is key to tackling homelessness.