A real challenge – Government comes under increased pressure to resolve the current homelessness crisis as new figures show there are still over 600 families living in emergency accommodation – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
September 22, 2017

A real challenge – Government comes under increased pressure to resolve the current homelessness crisis as new figures show there are still over 600 families living in emergency accommodation

According to recently published figures it is understood that over 600 families across the country remain in emergency accommodation this month despite the Minister for Housing claiming that the situation will be resolved by July.

The recent report which was submitted before the Dail recently also showed that over €39m was spent by the state looking to place families in temporary accommodation during the year 2016.

The detailed report also shows that the vast majority of the money was spent on guest houses, B&Bs and hotels in the Dublin region.

Speaking about the recently published figures the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Government is facing a real challenge to meet the looming deadline.

However he remained positive that the goal can be reached, saying: “My information from the Housing Department is that you will see a very substantial drop in that by the end of June.”

“It’s always a very difficult challenge to meet because it’s been exceptionally ambitious, but they are really focused on moving this along here now.”

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