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Another increase in homelessness in March

Focus Ireland stressed that much good work is being done but the crisis will continue without a substantial increase in social housing provision as a matter of urgency and a move away from providing yet more emergency accommodation and hubs.

2019.05.01.

Focus Ireland rejects “normal” homelessness label

“We believe homelessness is not something that is happening to someone over there that we can ignore. It is completely bound up with the high rents that people are facing, it is the young people not being able to buy or rent homes, it’s the people in mortgage arrears” – Mike Allen, Focus Ireland

2019.01.16.

Nineteen babies born into homelessness in one year

Depaul saw a particularly large increase in families accessing its services in both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

2018.10.18.

Homeless crisis increasing, says Simon Dublin

“There continues to be a surge in people who desperately need help with housing. Additional housing must be delivered at a more accelerated rate."

2018.09.26.

Twenty-six more people became homeless in June

With the numbers becoming homeless increasing every month, providers are having to run to stand still – Focus Ireland.

2018.07.25.

Plight of hidden homeless highlighted by SVP

The “hidden homeless” are people who often don’t have the option to declare themselves officially homeless and to put themselves on the local authority emergency accommodation list.

2018.06.04.

More than 9000 homeless

The new figures show that the number of homeless increased by 6% in one month alone from 8,587 in December 2017 to 9,104 in January 2018.

2018.03.01.

Charities call on Government to act on family and child poverty

“Based on the experience of our 11,000 members, we are willing to engage with Government to relate how future policies should be poverty proofed and work for those families that are struggling,” - Kieran Stafford, SVP National President.

2018.01.04.

Church leaders appeal for protection of vulnerable families

“So many parents in our society today feel that they are failing because they cannot provide security for their children” and many are reluctant to ask for help because of stigma and shame.

2018.01.02.

SVP launches Christmas Appeal

“Irish society cannot and must not accept that living in, or on the verge of, poverty is normal - SVP

2017.11.16.

Peter McVerry Trust spends €17 million on worsening homeless crisis

Thousands of homeless children have become the norm and no longer shocks us. We have lost our sense of outrage,” - Fr Peter McVerry.

2017.11.08.

Rapid-build housing offers a way out of homelessness – Peter McVerry Trust

Peter McVerry Trust hopes to see rapid-build housing play a bigger role in addressing homelessness in the future.

2017.08.03.

Ireland needs homes, not emergency beds, says Focus Ireland

“We believe if the legislation had been passed as many as twenty of the families who became homeless in Dublin every month would still have a home” – Sr Stan.

2017.06.23.

Homeless figures reach record levels

This must be seen as a “line in the sand” for the government. “They must see this cannot continue,” says Focus Ireland in week where homeless families were directed to Garda stations for shelter.

2017.05.27.

Dublin’s Pro Cathedral seeks unwanted Christmas gifts for homeless

During 2016, Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin, provided 127,750 bed nights to over 1,600 people in six residences for people experiencing homelessness in the capital.

2016.12.27.

Latest figures for homeless children ‘an appalling indictment’

Fr Peter McVerry appeals for emergency legislation to prevent the banks and landlords from evicting families, particularly those with children, into homelessness.

2016.08.23.

Build an equal nation in Budget 2017, SVP urges

In its Pre-Budget Submission, the SVP quotes estimate that 25-30% of the population requires support in meeting their housing needs due to low incomes and high costs in Ireland.

2016.06.15.

More homeless as thousands of homes lie empty

74 families became newly homeless in Dublin in April while almost quarter of a million houses remain empty across the country.

2016.05.24.

New tenant purchase scheme may deplete housing stock

SVP seriously concerned at the shortage of local authority housing as numbers on waiting list jumps dramatically.

2016.05.08.

Barnardos warns of ‘hidden’ homeless children

In addition to children who are homeless, thousands more are living in overcrowded, unsuitable and unsafe sub-standard accommodation.

2016.03.08.

Cillian Murphy joins fundraiser for Focus Ireland

Irish actor announced as the campaign ambassador for Radio Nova's 2016 ‘Help Our Homeless Radiothon’ in aid of Focus Ireland.

2016.02.06.

Housing crisis should be key issue of election

“It is important that both politicians and the electorate think about the profoundly damaging impact the housing & homelessness crisis is having on so many."

2016.02.02.

Urgent action required on social housing

In 2015 the Peter McVerry Trust completed 19 acquisitions and returned 26 voids back into social housing.

2016.01.28.

Appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts for homeless

The donated 'unwanted' gifts will ensure that people who are struggling with life will get a small token of cheer next Christmas.

2015.12.27.

Elderly must be included in social housing: Alone

The number of older people coming to ALONE in need of housing increased by 90% in 2014.

2015.10.06.

Housing not shelter is the answer to homelessness

Inadequate response to crisis makes McVerry Trust question "whether this Government are committed to helping people in homelessness".

2015.10.02.

Fr McVerry welcomes prefabs in short term

Call for modular housing to start coming on stream for the homeless before Christmas.

2015.09.16.

Minister gives back car to SVP after draw win

Skoda Fabia which Minister Kevin Humphreys won in an SVP raffle is worth €18,000.

2015.09.11.

Barnardos calls for a 2016 ‘rising’ for children

“The Taoiseach recently said the elimination of child poverty was a moral imperative for any government. Yet child poverty rates in Ireland are a national scandal."

2015.09.03.

Calls for Government to act on homeless crisis

“When a family with 3 children under the age of 5 are sleeping outside in a park somebody needs to hold their head in shame and resign. A heartbreaking sight.”

2015.08.13.
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