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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Hotels for homeless people now full to the brim

Nearly 350 children are living in hotels with levels of emergency accommodation available now operating to absolute capacity.

The Dublin local authorities are dealing with "high levels" of families presenting to their homeless assessment and placement services.

The families are renting in the private sector and are struggling to pay their rent for a variety of reasons.

"The level of emergency accommodation available for persons and families experiencing homelessness is operating to absolute capacity," said a spokesperson for the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE).

A representative added that the four Dublin local authorities are consistently working to increase the level of accommodation available, and to explore every available accommodation option for people who are in contact with their services.

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"It is the local authority's keen concern that families do all within their power to present for tenancy support as early as possible," she said.

"As of Monday, September 8, there were 156 families with 341 dependent children residing in hotels," according to the spokeswoman.

To respond to the high levels from the private rented sector to homeless services, an extensive prevention campaign has been taking place in the Dublin region since June, to encourage families who are renting and worried about losing their home to call a tenancy protection service for practical advice and assistance in maintaining their tenancy.

The tenancy protection service is being provided by Threshold on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities.

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It works with other key services in order to maximise the efforts in response to tenancy breakdown amongst households in private rented accommodation.

Its figures show that a total of 1,707, tenants, have been assisted in stabilising and maintaining tenancies over the period from mid-June to September 5.

The interventions of the tenancy support service include restructuring payment plans, negotiating limited rent increases and advising on invalidity of notice.

A total of 191 families have been protected due to the prevention initiative, the new figures show.

fdillon@herald.ie

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