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Monday 18 June 2018

Almost €150m to be spent on homeless by council next year

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy knows work is needed
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy knows work is needed

Dublin City Council (DCC) is set to increase its spend on homeless services to €145.7m next year.

The projected spend is €23m higher than the €122.5m the council estimated would be required to spend on homeless services in 2017.

However, because of the soaring number of people being made homeless in the capital, the council now estimates that the spend on homeless services will be €137m for this year.

Emergency

At the start of the year, the number of families accessing emergency accommodation in Dublin stood at 1,007. This had increased to 1,138 by September.

The financial figures are contained in a draft DCC budget for 2018 circulated to councillors before its annual budget meeting next month.

The documentation also shows that the council is to spend €35.3m in 2017 on building modular homes.

One of the largest projects is St Helena's Drive, where the cost per house of the 40-unit development will be €265,640, while the cost per house at a 53-unit development at Elmdale, Cherry Orchard, will be €297,659.

The St Helena's Drive development is to cost €10.6m, while the spend on the Elmdale development will total €15.7m.

Concerning other modular home plans, the local authority has put a bill of €6.4m on a 38-house development at Belcamp; €6.99m on a 29-home development at Knocknarea; €4.5m on 22 homes at Poppintree; €1m on 13 homes at Rathvilly Park/Virginia Park; and €1m on four homes at Woodbank Drive.

The council is to also spend €12m on a 66-unit development at Bunratty Road.

Hubs

The report also provides a comprehensive update on efforts to get families from hotels and B&Bs into family 'hubs'.

It states that the Dublin Homeless Regional Executive (DHRE) has opened two hubs at Mater Dei and Bram Stoker, with a third due to be opened last week at Aisling House, Clontarf, accommodating 11 families.

The council is expecting that 29 families will be accommodated at Viking Lodge on November 10; 45 families at 21 O'Connell Street on November 17; and 25 families at the Clonard Road on November 24.

The completion dates of other planned hubs are to be confirmed.

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