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Monday 26 September 2016

Up to 80 families waiting for emergency housing in capital

Waiting lists growing fast

Deputy Tommy Broughan is worried that the list has doubled in just a week
Deputy Tommy Broughan is worried that the list has doubled in just a week

UP to 80 families are waiting to access emergency homeless accommodation in Dublin, according to new figures from the central placement service.

Independent TD Tommy Broughan requested the figures from the Homeless Executive and expressed concern with how fast the waiting lists were growing.

The worrying figure of between 70 and 80 families who are awaiting accommodation represents those who are living in cars or staying with friends and families and are on the brink of sleeping rough.

Deputy Broughan is worried that the list has doubled in just a week, according to figures previously provided to his staff.

"Of course, emergency homeless accommodation should be a last resort for families but it would be an improvement from sleeping on a friend's floor with your children," he said.

"This, and worse, is the reality for hundreds of families in Dublin.

"What's driving it is the rental situation. Some people have faced increases of 50pc recently and are finding it impossible to cope," he told the Herald.

Intervention

He said he has had people get in touch who are faced with joining the queue.

A "major intervention" by the Government was crucial, the TD said, in order to ensure that families are housed in both the short and long-term.

The number of families who are living in emergency accommodation stood at 371 in February 2015.

This included some 803 dependents.

It is not known how many children there are on the current waiting list.

In 2014 the cost of providing hotel accommodation to homeless families cost the council some €4.5m - 10 times the 2012 cost of €455,736.

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