Barnardos: Continued Increases in Child and Family Homelessness Are Cause for Concern

24 Mar 2017 in Press Releases, Advocacy, Featured

Dublin, 24th March 2017 – Barnardos is concerned that the Government’s most recent homelessness figures, released this afternoon, show that the number of children and families who are homeless is continuing to rise. There are now a record 2,546 children registered as homeless and 1,239 families. These are the highest numbers ever recorded.

Barnardos CEO, Fergus Finlay said “Barnardos is deeply disappointed that despite the Government commitments under Rebuilding Ireland, and despite increased funding for housing and homelessness for 2017,  the impact is not being felt by those most in need. The slowness of our systems to respond, escalating rent prices and the continued lack of supply across all housing sectors, have all combined to hamper the Government’s efforts. Simply put, these efforts are now inadequate. Today’s figures are a testament to this inadequacy.

“All children need a safe, secure and appropriate home so that they can grow and thrive. Without this basic necessity we are setting them up to fail. For the children who are homeless, their childhoods and their futures are endangered. And it doesn’t have to be this way. This is a crisis of unprecedented scale for children in Ireland, and surely efforts must now be redoubled if we are to deal with these escalating figures in a real and sustainable way.”

June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos said “For children, being homeless has profound affects. It affects every aspect of their development: mental and physical health, social and emotional development, their education, and their key relationships.

“These figures show no sign of abating. Until we respond in a way that is adaptive, responsive and far reaching, we will struggle to keep pace and we will struggle to protect the children these figures represent.”

ENDS

Read our briefing paper on child homelessness

See: www.barnardos.ie/housing

For further information, please contact:

Barnardos Press Office: 01 7080442 / 086 0445966

Rachel Boyce; 01 7080443

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