Homelessness in Ireland

The most recent figures show a record total of 8,270 people homeless in Ireland. Nationally there are now 5,222 adults and 3,048 children homeless meaning more than 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness in Ireland is a child. The total number of people homeless rose by 25% from August 2016 to August 2017.

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Number of Dublin families becoming newly homeless each month hits an 18 month high

102 families became newly homeless in Dublin in August 2017. This is the second highest number since we began recording the phenomena in January 2013 and 42% higher than the number recorded in August 2016.

This is the number of families in the Dublin region who have no experienced homelessness before, are accepted by the local authorities as homeless and placed in emergency accommodation. The highest number, 125 families, was recorded in January 2016.

The number of families living in emergency homeless accommodation is at the highest level recorded

The most recent figures show there are now 1,442 families and 3,048 children homeless nationwide in Ireland. The number of families homeless has increased by 25% from August 2016 to August 2017.

More people are homeless than ever before and 1 in 3 is a child

The most recent figures show a record total of more than 8,270 people homeless in Ireland. Nationally there are now 5,222 adults and 3,048 children homeless meaning more than 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is a child. The total number of people homeless rose by 25% from August 2016 to August 2017. The number of children has risen by 29% in the same period from a total of 2,348 children in August 2016.

The number of young people experiencing homelessness in Ireland

The most recent figures show that 811 young people aged between 18 and 24 are homeless in Ireland. This is an increase of 18% from August 2016 to August 2017.  These figures count young people who are accessing homeless accommodation funded by local authorities. Since this the department began recording these number in June 2014 youth homelessness has increased 94%. They do not include young people who are staying in unstable arrangements such as staying with friends; these are the hidden homeless.