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Focus Ireland say urgent action is needed on homelessness

Homeless charity, Focus Ireland, say the homeless figures for September 2017, announced by Minister Eoghan Murphy show yet another record number of men, women and children experiencing homelessness


Volunteers care for homeless during storm

With the help of volunteers and several homeless charities the Capuchin Day Centre stayed open for the duration of the storm and offered extra 120 beds for rough sleepers.


Focus Ireland makes pre-budget submission

“The latest figures clearly show the homeless crisis is continuing to deepen and the government really needs to have this issue at the top of its agenda” – Focus Ireland.


Sr Stan Calls for More Action on Youth Homelessness


A leading campaigner against homelessness in Ireland has called for more action on youth homelessness.

Speaking at a conference on youth homelessness at Thomond Park in [...]


Varadkar – homeless crisis will not be solved in government’s lifespan

“We need consistent monitoring to ensure that we really get to the crux of this issue and stop more families from becoming homeless in the first place” – Focus Ireland.


Homeless champion Sr Stan to receive prestigious bible award

She will receive the award in recognition of her lifelong contribution and work with and on behalf of “the poor, the homeless and the abused in Ireland.”


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.


Homeless young people are living in limbo, says report

The study, carried out by Dr Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker of Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy, highlights causes of homelessness among young people, including family breakdown, leaving State care, early school leaving and lack of access to employment.


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.


Focus Ireland to celebrate ten years of challenging homelessness in Sligo

Focus Ireland is inviting people to sign up to paddle board across Lough Gill and down the Garavogue River in a ‘Stand Up to Homelessness’ event.


Every five hours an Irish child is made homeless

In January there were 7,167 people registered as homeless, 2,407 of whom were children.


Homelessness increases

There are 13 empty homes for every homeless adult in our cities.


Focus Ireland expresses concern as homeless figures pass 7,000

There is still much work to be done if we are to end this homeless crisis – Ashley Balbirnie, CEO Focus Ireland.


Peter McVerry Trust still willing to liaise with Apollo House

Members of the public formed a human chain around the building in support of those inside, chanting “homes for the homeless”.


Dragons’ Den businessman to sell house for homeless

Barry O’Sullivan is the first to donate to a new scheme, ‘Home from Home’, which encourages people who can to donate properties or funds to support the provision of homes to the homeless.


Sr Stan highlights effects of homelessness on children

It breaks my heart to think that up to 2,500 children will be homeless on Christmas day this year – Sr Stan, founder of Focus Ireland.


Housing funding process is too slow to impact homeless crisis

671 families with 1,257 children have become homeless in Dublin in the first eight months of 2016.


90 families becoming homeless each month

Focus Ireland annual report highlights deepening housing crisis. "The risk of children being forced to sleep rough with their families for want of an emergency bed is now an every night reality."


Ireland has biggest homeless crisis since the Famine

Last year was the busiest ever for the Peter McVerry Trust which saw a 40% increase in the number of people supported in housing.


Government plan to tackle housing crisis welcome

But many of the commitments are "unclear, with no timescale or finances named" says Focus Ireland.


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.


Increase in people sleeping rough in Dublin

Peter McVerry Trust calls for “decisive action” by the Government to stem the flow of people into homelessness.


Homeless charities concerned at closure of shelters

Bru Aimsir in Dublin, which has been full every night since it opened in December, catering for 100 people, is to close this week.


Poor report card on Irish child poverty from UNICEF

Report shows nearly a third of all Irish children live in materially deprived households and this would be far greater were it not for social protection and child benefit payments.


Homeless figures still rising: Focus Ireland

Latest figures show that 208 families and 363 children became homeless in the first two months of the year.


Fear of eviction has increased warns Focus Ireland

"Since Tyrrelstown everyone who is renting, even if they are keeping up with their rent, feels vulnerable."


Richard Gere visits Focus Ireland & meets Sr Stan

The actor, who has worked on behalf of the homeless for over 10 years, plays the part of a homeless man in his latest film 'Time Out Of Mind'.


Homeless crisis must be priority for new Govt

Focus Ireland calls for five election demands to be delivered by the new Government to help end the current housing and homeless crisis.


125 more families homeless in Dublin in January

769 families in emergency homeless accommodation in January compared to 683 families in December 2015.


Voters urged to quiz candidates on child poverty

“It is important for every candidate seeking our vote in the coming weeks to understand the appalling extent of child poverty rates in Ireland" - Barnardos.

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