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Saturday 1 October 2016

Just 100 homes were given to homeless families this year

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The Civic Offices are part of the scheme. Photo: Tom Burke
The Civic Offices are part of the scheme. Photo: Tom Burke

JUST 100 homes have been given to homeless people and families in Dublin since January.

According to figures provided by the Dublin City Council at this week's monthly meeting, 100 lettings have been made to homeless applicants to date.

This figure includes 61 social housing units owned by the council.

The remainder of the houses are voluntary housing units providing by housing charities and other bodies.

A breakdown of the areas where people were housed shows that the south inner city district housed the most homeless people, with 18 allocations.

Meanwhile, the social housing area K, which includes Crumlin, Kimmage, Walkinstown and Drimnagh, saw just two houses used.

Councillor for Ballymun Noeleen Reilly, who requested the figures from the Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan, expressed disappointment at the low numbers.

"I really thought that with the extra funding allocated before Christmas it would be a lot higher," she said.

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"I don't see the situation getting any better, it only seems to be getting worse. One hundred houses is a drop in the ocean."

The latest figures available from February this year show that there are 371 families living in emergency accommodation including hotels, hostels and B&Bs.

These families have 808 children between them and are often living in just one room.

Emergency accommodation in the city is now at full capacity and earlier this week the Herald highlighted the fact that up to 80 families are waiting for temporary accommodation.

At the meeting councillors rejected a plan to spend €4.72m to develop O'Devaney Gardens to provide temporary accommodation for 400 families.

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