30/04/2015

38% Fall In Number Of People Sleeping Rough In Dublin

New figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) have revealed a 38% drop in the number of people sleeping rough in the capitol since November last year.

On the night of 14 April 105 people where found to be sleeping rough, compared to 168 in November – representing the largest fall since the count first took place in 2007.

On the same night, 1,872 adults were were accommodated in homeless service emergency accommodation across the Dublin region – this number does not include of child dependents accommodated in the region, the executive highlighted.

News of the decrease in the numbers was welcomed by the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, according to a report by RTÉ.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive carries out official counts on rough sleeping every six months. The street count is a way of confirming a minimum number of people sleeping rough on the night in question in the Dublin region and assists us in measuring the effectiveness of the regional strategy, in addition to planning for services.

The full list of DRHE figures is available here.

(MH/CD)

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