Record Number Of Homeless People Living In Hotels And B&Bs Nationally For Third Month In Row
For the third month in a row, there’s a record number of people living in hotels and B&Bs nationally.
There were a total of 10,975 people in emergency accommodation in September.
The figure is 29 per cent higher than last September, 19 per cent up on the start of this year, and 37 per cent higher than April 2021 – which was a low during the pandemic.
It includes 3,342 children who are growing up in B&Bs and hotels – the highest figure since the start of the pandemic, when extra supports were put in place.
There were 484 people registered as homeless across Cork City and County on the last full week in September .
161 children were registered as homeless between Cork and Kerry.
The Department of Housing has highlighted that nearly half of single people and families were only in emergency accommodation for six months between June and September.
Minister Darragh O’Brien said the situation is “very challenging”, and said money to fix the issue isn’t an obstacle.
The totals released every month by the Department of Housing do not include refugees or asylum seekers without a home of their own, nor does it include women in refuge centres, rough sleepers or the so-called hidden homeless.