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The latest release from the Department of Housing shows the number of children living in homeless accommodation in October was 3,826, a decrease of 47 children compared to figures for September.
Posted on Tuesday 03 December 2019 in Press Releases
03 December 2019. The latest release from the Department of Housing shows the number of children living in homeless accommodation in October was 3,826, a decrease of 47 children compared to figures for September.
Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos CEO said: “Barnardos remains very concerned about the unbearable reality facing children experiencing homelessness. We know that homelessness can affect anyone in Irish society. For many people they possess the individual and family supports needed to manage this stressful situation. Barnardos is worried about the many families who don’t have these family supports - who are emotionally depleted, socially isolated or facing complex challenges in their lives such as mental health and addiction.
“These challenges make the day to day reality of homelessness intolerable and places them and their children at risk. Families are facing into spending Christmas in emergency accommodation, and sadly we know for many it won’t be their first. Barnardos is urging the government to act collectively to support the thousands of children living in emergency accommodation. There are many existing organisations, such as Barnardos, who provide local services and supports, but they need to be adequately funded and resourced”.
For further information, please contact:
Barnardos Press Office: 01 7080442 / 086 0445966
Rachel Boyce; 01 7080443
Trudy McCarthy; 01 7080423