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# homelessness - Today’s News


# homelessness - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Case Studies: Facing homelessness in a foreign country

Social support agency Crosscare have provided vital support to immigrants in Ireland.

# homelessness - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Decisions by Department of Social Protection have ‘catastrophic results on peoples lives’

A new report by charity Crosscare identifies social welfare issues as a major factor in homelessness.

Homeless pensioner: ‘I want to live the rest of my life with some dignity’

The case of a pensioner couple facing eviction is just one of many elderly people across the country who are dealing with the housing crisis, a charity has said.

‘I was boiling pasta and eggs in the kettle just to feed the kids’

Bridget and her two children lived in temporary accommodation over a pub when they became homeless, sharing a toilet with customers.

‘The government needs to act now’: Demand for homeless service up 25%

Focus Ireland helped 10,000 people last year who were on the streets or at risk of becoming homeless.

# homelessness - Friday 18 July, 2014

Ballymun council building occupied over rent allowance ban

“It is discrimination against the people of Ballymun,” one of the protesters told

# homelessness - Monday 14 July, 2014

One family a day is becoming homeless in Dublin

Focus Ireland said that there has been a “stark increase” in the number of families becoming homeless in the last 18 months.

Dublin Mayor: It’s ‘bullsh*t’ gardaí can’t take in homeless under-18s without social worker

Christy Burke said it’s “unbelievable” that gardaí can’t take in under-18s who are sleeping rough without the presence of a social worker.

# homelessness - Sunday 13 July, 2014

How is Dublin spending 100 times more on hotels for homeless people than in 2010?

Families accommodated in hotels are forced to share cramped living quarters and boil eggs in kettles to eat.

# homelessness - Friday 11 July, 2014

‘The homeless tsunami has arrived’ as Dublin numbers reach new high

…And the figures haven’t dropped once in the last six months.

# homelessness - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Housing Crisis: 1,008 vacant properties to be ‘transformed into family homes’

Dublin City Council received €3.96 million to work on 236 local authority units.

# homelessness - Monday 7 July, 2014

Burton’s social housing promises ‘can’t be more spin’

The new Labour leader is being asked to scrap the Home Assistance Payment.

# homelessness - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Charity calls on Housing Minister to meet homeless people tonight; she declines

The Inner City Helping Homeless group has urged Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan to ‘open her eyes’ and reconsider turning down their offer of meeting homeless people tonight.

# homelessness - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

‘Hopeless fantasy’: McVerry warns that homelessness will increase by 2016, not be eliminated

Joan Burton defended the government’s Housing Bill at the launch of the Peter McVerry Trust Annual Report 2013. The Trust helped 3,586 people last year, up from 383 six years ago.

# homelessness - Monday 23 June, 2014

Lord Mayor recalls finding 17-year-old pregnant girl in bin

Christy Burke, who volunteers with the group Inner City Helping Homeless, announced that 80 new beds will be provided by homeless services in Dublin in the next two weeks.

# homelessness - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Children in State care being ‘placed in danger of abuse and exploitation’

There are concerns about the lack of supports for both children in care and those who have left State care on turning 18.

# homelessness - Friday 20 June, 2014

154 people slept rough in Dublin last night and here’s what councils are doing about it

Campaigners have said it’s a “worrying trend” and called for Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan to address the problem.

# homelessness - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

New TD Ruth Coppinger on the frustrations of Leinster House

The Socialist TD was elected to represent Dublin West last month.

# homelessness - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

‘Misleading and grossly inaccurate’: Minister slams critics of housing plan

An opposition TD said that if Labour backed the new measures the party would have “completely abandoned any pretence of social justice”.

New campaign launched to help families in danger of losing their homes

There’s been a recent increase in Dublin families presenting to homeless services for support and accommodation.

# homelessness - Monday 16 June, 2014

Opinion: Absolute strangers have reached out to help us – I feel better about what tomorrow brings

Last week I wrote about how my wife and I had fallen on hard times and were now sleeping in our car. The response we have received has restored our faith in human kindness.

‘If it wasn’t for friends, I’d literally be on the streets’

EPIC has warned that young care leavers are at an increased risk of homelessness.

# homelessness - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Opinion: We were a normal married couple who fell on hard times. Now, we sleep in our car.

When we see homeless people, we only look at where they ended up – not the road that took them there.

# homelessness - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Body of homeless man lay undiscovered for a week at Dublin hospital

One homeless charity described it as “tragic but not surprising”.

467 women and 229 children received domestic abuse support in just one day last year

SAFE Ireland says that women and children are made homeless by domestic abuse.

# homelessness - Sunday 8 June, 2014

Dozens of climbers scale four Irish peaks in one weekend

The event was in support of homelessness charity Focus Ireland.

# homelessness - Monday 2 June, 2014

Opinion: The issue at the heart of our housing crisis is an unaffordable private rental market

Adequate housing is a human right, vital to human dignity, security and well-being. No one deserves to be homeless – least of all a child – writes Senator Katherine Zappone.

# homelessness - Thursday 22 May, 2014

A woman who is nine months pregnant was sleeping rough in Dublin last night

ICHH says the homelessness situation in the capital is getting worse.

# homelessness - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

‘A missed opportunity, but a step in the right direction’: charities react to government homelessness plan

Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan outlilned today how the government plans to address homelessness, but charities have given the plan a tepid response.

Hotels and empty State buildings could help solve the homelessness crisis

Jan O’Sullivan announced measures today to tackle the growing problem in Dublin.

“I’m just terrified, I don’t know if I’ll make it in a hostel.”

Council offices in Blanchardstown were occupied by protesters this morning, including one woman who said she’d be without a home within weeks…

Howlin: Ex-NAMA homes part of our plan to tackle housing “emergency crisis”

Ministers are gathering for today’s Cabinet meeting, where homelessness is top of the morning’s agenda.

‘Row in behind’ homelessness action plan urges Simon Community

The Cabinet will discuss plans to tackle the homelessness crisis this morning.

# homelessness - Monday 19 May, 2014

Child worried that Santa wouldn’t find him because he was in emergency accommodation

Barnardos says that children are the hidden victims of the housing crises.

‘Mam I’m not going to school today, what if the kids ask me where I live’

Evicted mothers describe the emergency accommodation they’re forced to live in due to the housing crises.

# homelessness - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Housing shortage could see “tsunami of homeless” in Ireland

Minister Jan O’Sullivan said that 25,000 units per year are needed to tackle the issue.

# homelessness - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Peter McVerry Trust says there’s been an increase in the number of homeless families

The charity helped almost 3,600 homeless people last year.

# homelessness - Monday 12 May, 2014

UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day

The day has been observed for just over two decades now, starting in 1993 and has been held every year.

# homelessness - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

‘You can turn off the tap’ – Enda Kenny’s advice on conserving water

Gerry Adams said water charges indicated how “far removed” the government is from the general public.

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