DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland currently is housing some 12,259 homeless people in emergency accommodations, said officials this week, which is the highest number ever reported.
Among the homeless include 3,594 children and 1,733 families, according to the Department of Housing.
"As we all know there was a pause on "No Fault" evictions under ban. Lifting the ban did not have an immediate impact on all tenants at risk, and we will continue to see the impact of that decision through May and June, depending on the date of the original termination of tenancy," said Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan, as quoted by breakingnews.ie.
"Focus Ireland, along with many other agencies and local authorities are working hard to make the Government's 'safety net' measures work, but despite many successes, there are just too many holes in the net and people are falling through into homelessness."
Voicing similar concerns, Wayne Stanley, Executive Director of the Simon Communities of Ireland, said, "Sadly we are not surprised to see the number of people in homeless emergency accommodation rise to over 12,000 this month, but we have to be shocked that the situation has been allowed to get to this point.
"These are the highest figures we've ever seen and it represents an unprecedented number of men, women and children experiencing the trauma of homelessness. The almost six per cent increase in family and children in homeless emergency accommodation is particularly concerning. While we have to acknowledge important initiatives taken by Government and rolled out by local authorities, such as the tenant in situ scheme, we also have to recognize that this is a policy made crisis," said Stanley, as reported by breakingnews.ie.