Recent figures have shown that there are now 624 households registered as homeless in South Dublin County. Of those 265 are families, 13 are couples, 284 are single males and 62 single females. The number of homeless have continued to stay above 600 since the end of 2018, and there is no sign that they are reducing. The figures were released following a question by People Before Profit Councillor Madeleine Johansson at the October County Council meeting.
Cllr Johansson commented: “The fact that the homeless numbers are not reducing shows the complete failure of the Fine Gael government’s housing plan. They have used the excuse of Brexit to do nothing in relation to housing in Budget 2020. This means that we will continue to see high levels of homelessness for many years to come.
“There is a huge need for 1 bed units for single people in South Dublin. It’s positive that 6 1-bed homes in Clondalkin were approved at the October council meeting, however this doesn’t come near to being enough. High market rents disproportionally affects single people who have become priced out of the market.”