Homeless Strategy To Favours Rented Accommodation

The Government is considering a new homelessness strategy to focus on the use of private rented accommodation rather than emergency hostels.

Draft plan aims to eliminate homelessness by ensuring that homeless people are not left in emergency accommodation like B&Bs or shelters for longer than six months.

A spokesman for the homeless charity the Simon Community said: "Most recent figures for Dublin City – published in April - showed that there were 111 people sleeping rough; this represented an increase of seven on comparable figures for November 2007. Anecdotal evidence from Simon’s regional communities suggest there is increased pressure and demand for emergency accommodation."

However, the plan does not outline how much money would be needed to achieve this target.

The HSE has already frozen funding for homeless services at last year's levels, causing the postponement of several planned projects.


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