How have we supported homelessness so far?
Homelessness in Ireland is one of the most hotly discussed issues in the country. Many commentators raise the important question of why this is still an issue in a modern society. The simple answer is that there is no one single solution to the problem. It’s complex and requires people to give in a strategic way that tackles the underlying causes of homelessness.
Alongside our donors, we have awarded almost €3 million to this issue since we began our work. Some examples of where funding was granted include the provision of strategic supports to Dublin Simon Community, Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland. We have funded long-term programmes which address areas such as employability, education and health and well-being.
The only solution to address homelessness is to tackle the root causes.
Homelessness in Ireland
On June 19th 2017, there were 7,941 people homeless across Ireland. This figure includes adults and children with their families.
- The number of families becoming homeless has increased by over 27% since June 2016.
- One in three of those in emergency accommodation is now a child.
- In April 2017, the official rough sleeping count confirmed 138 people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin.
- The most recent official assessment of social housing need was published in December 2016 and showed 61,600 households qualified for social housing – one of five of which had been on the list for more than 5 years.
How you can help
We can tackle this enormous issue once and for all but we need people to give strategically and with purpose. To address the underlying issues, we need to look at two key areas, housing and addiction issues. By funding research which looks at policies around social housing and joined up thinking, we can develop long-term solutions to the issue. In addition, through long-term supports for alcohol and drug misuse through education and rehabilitation programmes, we can work to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.
Out of all the social issues in Ireland, this is one area where joined-up thinking between government, the non-profit sector and private philanthropic individuals is needed.