Over 600 people in South Dublin County Council area are currently registered as homeless.
Figures obtained by local South Dublin County Cllr Charlie O’Connor reveal that there was an increase of over 65% in the number of families that registered as homeless in the 12 months from September 2017 to September this year. During the same period there was an increase of almost 40% in the total number of people registered as homeless across the county. O’Connor, who is also a general election candidate in the area said, “The number of people presenting as homeless and living without stable accommodation is increasing, that is a fact. It’s difficult, even close to impossible to see how of this crisis is being addressed by Government when every single piece of hard evidence shows us that the crisis in housing is worsening day by day.

“Last month, SDCC confirmed to me that there are now over 7,000 people on the social housing waiting list in South Dublin.  As the Chief Executive has rightfully stated in his response to my query this week; *“Housing supply is the key solution” *but stock is severely limited. “How can the demand for housing possibly be met when the scale of development in affordable and public housing that’s required is simply not happening?

He added, “It maddens me that after 7 years in Government this crisis is getting worse while knowing how much it is affecting people’s lives and the mental impact it’s having on ordinary people. People dying on damp, cold streets in Dublin without shelter cannot be let become a normal aspect of life in Ireland. “There tends to be a visible face of homelessness but the reality is that there are even greater numbers relying on others to just about manage to stay off our streets as we head into winter. These are the families that we are bound to know but that are without a home; the 300 odd families in South Dublin that desperately need support from Government to end their struggle as homeless,” concluded Cllr O’Connor.