“The concentration of job losses in low paid sectors means that the impact (of COVID-19) has disproportionately fallen on groups that are least able to endure a financial hit,” said Kieran Stafford, national president, SVP.
The organisation appeals for more government funding as the gap between the demand for services and the funding it receives from government increases.
SVP is still receiving an average of 1000 calls for help every day from worried families in the run-up to Christmas and is particularly concerned about some people in private rented accommodation.
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."
301 women were assisted by the NGO according to the 2015 Annual Report including 94 victims of sex trafficking, an increase of six over the previous year (88 in 2014).
Given the scale & implications of the housing & homelessness crisis, it's disappointing the issue hasn't featured far more prominently in election debates: Fr McVerry.
“It is important that both politicians and the electorate think about the profoundly damaging impact the housing & homelessness crisis is having on so many."