Record number of people living in homeless accommodation for the second consecutive month


There are a record number of people in homeless accommodation for the second consecutive month.

State figures show there are 10,805 people living in bed and breakfasts and hotels nationwide.

Last month there was a record total of 10,568 – but that has already been exceeded.

In August, 10,805 people had access to emergency accommodation, an increase of 2% compared to July.

It includes 3,220 children – also representing a 2% increase from the previous month.

This is the highest number of children growing up in hotels and guesthouses since March 2020 – when the Covid-19 pandemic started.

The Housing Department figures do not include the hidden homeless who may live with their parents, the homeless, women in shelters, direct provision or Ukrainian refugees.

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien did not comment on today’s record figures.

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