There are now almost 3,000 homeless children in the Republic of Ireland, among a total homeless population of 8,160 according to the latest figures.The homeless population of Ireland now stands at over 8,000 and most worryingly includes 3,000 children according to the latest figures.
The data, published this week by the Department of Housing shows during the week of July 24th to 30th there were 2,973 children, in 1,429 families, in emergency accommodation nationally. Of these families, 905, or 63 per cent, were headed by lone parents.
The figures represent an increase of 78 children compared with 2,895 in June, and of 64 families, compared with the 1,365 in June.
These figures do not include families in domestic violence refuges.
However in the north west the numbers of homeless children has dropped dramatically.Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal has seen the number plummet from 10 children in three families in June, to none.
Those local figures will please the CEOs of each county, including Sligo's Ciarán Hayes, as they attend a crisis summit in Dublin today where all 31 local authority managers will discuss how to tackle homelessness.
Other parts of the State have seen a rise in the statistics with Dublin showing the number of homeless children increased by 153, from 2,270 in June to 2,423. The number of homeless families in the capital grew by 63, from 1,115 to 1,178 since June.
In the northeast, which takes in counties Louth, Monaghan and Cavan, the number of homeless children increased from 40 in 14 families, to 48 in 20 families.
In the southeast, taking in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, the numbers increased from 34 children in 18 families in June to 41 in 24 families since July.
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is expected to announce up to 200 additional emergency beds for homeless adults in Dublin today as well as additional measures to prevent people becoming homeless.
Among those being considered is the extension of the “homeless HAP” – an increased rate of Homeless Assistance Payment available to homeless families to help them exit homelessness – to counties outside Dublin.
The official number of homeless adults in Sligo today is 32.