The number of people accessing emergency accommodation due to homelessness reduced slightly in December compared to November 2023. 13, 318 people were recorded as homeless in December including 3,962 children. This is a reduction of 196 compared to November’s total of 13,514.
In county Tipperary there was a reduction of one in the homeless total for December down from the 40 persons reported as in emergency accommodation in November. County Limerick reported a decrease of 17 with 344 persons in emergency accommodation in December.
The figures do not include people sleeping rough or those in tents or cars or living in overcrowded conditions or insecure accommodation.
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien says the issue of homelessness remains the top priority for this Government. €242 million available for the delivery of homeless services in 2024 – a 12.6% increase on the Budget 2023 allocation with additional funds available if necessary. The Housing Minister is also highlighting that new housing supply is increasing with almost 32,700 new homes completed last year.