Fears have been raised that Dublin’s homeless shelters are operating at full capacity as new figures show dozens of families have had to be accommodated in shelters outside the capital in recent weeks.
New figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive show that 63 Dublin families were placed in shelters outside the capital in July and August.
A total of 60 single people had to be placed in temporary accommodation in Naas, Co Kildare during the same period.
In July, there were four nights where 10 people were left without emergency shelter, and in August the number rose to 10 nights, affecting 23 people.
While additional shelter is provided for those with poor sleep during the colder months, emergency shelter is usually provided for people who have been left homeless.
Such shelters include hostels, shelters or family centers and there have been fears that the state is running out of rooms for the homeless.
Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin raised concerns that temporary shelters in Dublin are now full and this is spreading to the counties in the area.
It also has an impact on people who become homeless in those counties, he said.
“Not only is this bad for these people, it also puts a strain on the commuter belt counties’ limited emergency housing for people in those counties who are becoming homeless,” said Mr Ó Broin.
“It underscores the need for the Minister for Housing to lay out what immediate action he will take to get this crisis under control.”
The number of landlords selling and exiting the rental market has more than doubled in the last 12 months and Mr Ó Broin said this would lead to a rise in the number of homeless people.
Figures from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) show that 1,011 landlords filed eviction notices between April and June, more than double the number at this time last year.
The number pales in comparison to the 498 landlords who issued eviction notices in the same period last year, which was higher than before the pandemic.
However, the numbers have been growing steadily and have been recorded at 614 for the last three months of 2021.
There was a 45 percent increase in landlords who decided to sell between the first two quarters of this year.
Mr Ó Broin said reduced availability of hotels due to asylum seekers and Ukrainian refugees has put additional pressure on the system, affecting accommodation for people who have been left homeless.
“Where’s Darragh O’Brien? Why doesn’t he outline what he will do about it? asked the Sinn Fein TD.
That Irish Independent recently reported the case of a young family in west Dublin who were forced to move into a tent after the emergency accommodation offered was unsuitable.
The family, who lived in Clondalkin, were left homeless after their landlord gave notice that he was moving back into the house they had lived in for the past 11 years.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/where-is-darragh-obrien-dublin-is-fast-running-out-of-shelter-for-the-homeless-as-families-sent-way-from-capital-41970457.html “Where’s Darragh O’Brien?” – Dublin is rapidly running out of shelter for the homeless as families are turned away from the capital