Homelessness can be harmful to child development:
Lack of privacy
Lack of space to play
Nowhere to bring home friends and socialise
Movement between schools (particularly if frequent)
Lack of quiet space to complete homework
"Local and regional studies show that children in homeless settings can experience stress, anxiety and behavioural problems as well as poor health and fatigue. Limited cooking facilities, food storage and limited means may lead to bad nutritional health."FEANTSA: Family Homelessness
These families have nowhere to go, often until late in the evening, while trying to secure temporary accommodation.
provides hot meals and a warm, safe place for children to do their homework, while their parents try to secure accommodation for that night.
Our advice and information support for families around the country, with five regional centres, helps provide the information families need when they are worried that they may lose their home.
We advocate on their behalf with landlords and their regional housing executive to help them access the local services that are available.