115 homeless people died in Dublin last year, new figures show

Some 115 homeless people died in Dublin in 2021, marking the third consecutive year that the number has risen.

The latest increase represents a rise of 39 from 76 to 115, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act to The Irish Examiner show.

The number of homeless people who died in Dublin more than doubled between 2019 and 2021.

There were 6,707 homeless people using emergency accommodation in the Dublin region at the end of February, of whom 1,996 were children, more than at any time in the previous 12 months, the latest Dublin Homeless Executive report shows. the Dublin region in recent weeks.

There were 851 families in emergency accommodation. 851 families is an increase of 135 compared to February 2021, when there were 716 families in emergency accommodation.

The number of children residing in emergency accommodation has increased to 1,996, 236 more children compared to the same period last year.

More than half of the adults and families who presented to the EHRD in February 2022 did not have Irish citizenship, with 45% of families and 49% of single adults holding Irish citizenship.

There were 3,256 single adults in emergency housing at the end of February 2022, up from 200 on the same date last year.

Thirty-four homeless people died in long-term accommodation in 2021, while 46 people died in private and short-term accommodation.

A further 13 homeless people died in protective facilities, while five died in housing accommodation and five more died in outreach services.

A total of 287 homeless people died in Dublin between 2018 and 2021.

The head of Merchants Quay Ireland warned that there will be “steady growth” in the number of first-time homeless people in the coming months.

Executive Director Paula Byrne made her comments as the national homeless and addictions charity issued a request for donations to help fund its Sunday service.

From 9:00 am to 1:30 pm each week, clients can access hot meals, showers, change of clothes, phone charging, needle exchange, and crisis support.

Merchants Quay Ireland recently resumed a full Sunday service after being restricted to take away only during the Covid restrictions.

Ms. Byrne said that the Sunday service was particularly important in reaching those who may be homeless for the first time.

“Since last year, homelessness in Ireland has grown by a staggering 10%,” he said. “The latest figures from the Department of Housing show that we now have over 9,000 homeless people.

“In the coming months, with eviction bans lifted, the reality of Covid job losses set in, as well as rising rental prices and continued cost-of-living increases, we anticipate more people they will be homeless for the first time.

“We must remember that people are not simply made homeless during work hours,” he said. “No matter when a person first finds themselves homeless, we must be there to guide them to the support they need.

“Life happens in the evenings and on weekends, so safeguarding our Sunday service is more important than ever.”

William Carroll, project worker at Merchants Quay Ireland, said: “A meal can be an important step towards safe accommodation and rebuilding a life for someone experiencing the trauma of homelessness.

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