Cork Simon: Homelessness Returning To Pre-Covid “Bad Old Days”
Homelessness is returning to the pre-Covid “bad old days”.
That’s according to the Chief Excitative of Cork Simon, Dermot Kavanagh.
Yesterday, the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage published Monthly Homelessness Report for July 2022.
It detailed Cork’s worst ever homelessness figures.
There was a 40% rise in the number of children in emergency accommodation across the city and county in the past twelve months – up to 145.
Nationally, 10,568 men, women and children resorted to emergency accommodation on the last week of July – up 30% in twelve months – making it the highest monthly national figure on record.
Speaking to RedFM News, Dermot Kavanagh told RedFM News that the protections for renters during Covid are sorely missed:
“It’s funny to say but we’re returning to the bad old days pre-COVID. We did see a welcome reduction, especially in the number of homeless families during the period of COVID because there was a temporary ban on evictions brought into place. Those are gone now. What’s happening is people are ending up, mainly, in family hubs and emergency B’n’B-type accommodation and people’s are being put on hold”.