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Number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has increased 35% in 12 months

This is according to latest figures released yesterday by Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and Dublin City Council (DCC) which show the official spring count was 138 people sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the night of April 4th and into the morning of 5th April.

This is the highest number ever recorded for this time of year and is only slightly down on the last winter count even though 210 new hostel beds have been provided since then.

The DRHE has been responsible for the delivery of rough sleeping counts in Dublin since 2007.

The DHRE said that 72% of the rough sleepers were found in the Dublin city area with the remainder in the other three Dublin local authority areas.

A total of 85 were Irish nationals, 13 were non-Irish and the nationality of 40 could not be ascertained on the night.

The DHRE said it is working with Dublin City Council to provide an additional 150 emergency beds over the coming months.

The Peter McVerry Trust said the latest rough sleeper figure for Dublin is disappointing and reflects the challenge in securing housing “move ons” for people in homelessness.

Trust CEO Pat Doyle said:

“An option to create housing solutions quickly and cheaply is to get empty homes back into use.

“These buildings can and must play a critical role in providing exits from homelessness.

“We know there are over 33,000 empty homes in Dublin alone yet we only need around 200 of these to all but eliminate rough sleeping in the city.”

In a statement, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said:

“Since the launch of Rebuilding Ireland in July last year, we have made continued efforts to deliver on the objectives in the plan in relation to dealing with the challenging and complex issue of homelessness.

“This Government continues to apply the substantial resources required to deal with homelessness.

“We remain committed to finding more homes for people who find themselves homeless, we remain fully focused on increasing supply which is at the core of our various housing challenges.

“There are no quick-fix solutions here but I will continue to work with my colleagues in Government and all stakeholders to address the major challenge that is homelessness.”

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