Next Government Must Ensure Family Homeless Crisis Top Priority as Figures Continue to Rise

Posted on Friday 28 February 2020

28 February 2020 - The latest release from the Department of Housing shows that the number of children living in homeless accommodation in January was 3,574, an increase of 152 children compared to December. This is a disappointing increase given the substantial decrease reported in last month’s figures.

Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos CEO said: “As the negotiations for the next Programme for Government continues, it is clear that the family homelessness crisis should be a top priority for all main political parties. Barnardos are calling on the next government to embed intensive and individualized family support services in communities trying to deal with complex and traumatic life experiences such as homelessness.


“The legacy of the last government has been well documented in terms of the effects of homelessness on children’s physical health and wellbeing. Barnardos has consistently highlighted each month children’s feelings of shame and isolation, a disruption to their school life, no place to play as well as impeding physical development.


“The next government must ensure that no more children experience the trauma of homelessness and that those that are experiencing homelessness get the help they need. While building affordable homes will take time, adequately funding existing organisations in communities across Ireland can provide the support many children need”.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Barnardos Press Office: 01 7080442 / 086 0445966
Rachel Boyce; 01 7080443
Trudy McCarthy; 01 7080423