Statement from Minister Murphy on February 2020 Homeless Figures
The report for February shows that there were 123 less people in emergency accommodation compared to January. The total number of homeless individuals, including dependents is 10,148. It is important to note that the February numbers relate to a period before the current Covid 19 emergency.
Following the publication of the Homeless Report for February, Minister Murphy commented:
“The priority in the coming weeks is the safety of all those in emergency accommodation. Local authorities and NGOs have been working incredibly hard to ensure that there is extra capacity in emergency accommodation. This extra capacity means that self-isolation can be put in place where needed, but also so that we can de-congregate settings to allow for proper social distancing measures. More than 600 new places have been secured, with more to come if necessary. I have guaranteed local authorities additional funding to support this work. My Department is working closely with the HSE, the local authorities and their NGO service delivery partners to ensure that all households accessing emergency accommodation receive the necessary supports during this crisis.”
“Local authorities continue to work to move as many people out of emergency accommodation into homes as possible. I want to thank all of the staff working to support our vulnerable citizens at this time. I am very grateful for their professionalism, dedication and commitment. These people are essential personnel when it comes to protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens in this crisis”