Louth Deputy Gerry Adams has expressed his “deep concern at the significant increase in the levels of homelessness in Louth and the North East.”
Adams said: “The situation in Louth is clearly deteriorating and the responsibility for this lies with the government which is failing to take the urgent action needed to keep people in their homes and to provide housing for those trapped in emergency accommodation.”
He added: “The Homelessness Report for September 2016 which was published this week by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government has revealed a significant increase in the levels of homelessness in Louth and the North East.
In September 2015 there were 38 persons designated as homeless in the North East, including Louth. The Homeless report for September this year reveals that there are now 62 homeless adults of whom 59 live in Louth.
In September 2015 there were no families homeless in the region. There are now nine families listed as homeless eight of whom are single parent families and there are 12 children designated as homeless in the North East.
Across the state there are 4283 adults, 1173 families and 2426 children sleeping in emergency accommodation in September. That represents a significant increase on the previous month and on this time last year.
These statistics do not include the hidden homeless. Those citizens who are sleeping on floors or sofa’s in the homes of family and friends and who have been refused access to emergency accommodation despite having no home of their own.
The reality is that every day more and more people are presenting as homeless. Home repossessions, vacant possession of buy-to-let properties, spiralling rents and family breakdown are the key reasons.
Despite this the Government has refused to act on rent certainty or home repossession. They are also failing to provide sufficient long term housing through an aggressive programme of purchase of vacant units or to speed up the delivery process for social housing.”