80 people in the NW accessed emergency accommodation last month – Donegal Daily


The North West Simon community calls for urgent action to prevent homelessness as new figures show 80 people accessed emergency housing managed by local authorities in the North West region at the end of the month ‘August.

69 households were accommodated in the last week of August, including 6 families made up of 7 adults and 10 children, and 63 single adults.

While this latest statistic represents a 14% drop in the number of people in emergency accommodation in the Northwest compared to the previous month, the number of people in emergency accommodation in August shows no year-over-year improvement. on the other. There was 78 people in emergency accommodation in August 2020.

These homeless figures only concern households approved for social housing by local authorities. They do not include households frequently described as “hidden homeless” who may sleep on the streets, live in shelters, or stay with relatives, relatives and friends under crowded conditions.

The North West Simon community says the latest statistics underscore the need for urgent implementation of the prevention measures proposed in the government’s new national “Housing for All” strategy.

Noel Daly, Managing Director of North West Simon Community, said: “There is a huge shortage of affordable housing in the Northwest region, and until this problem is resolved, strong action to prevent new ones. homelessness by keeping people in their current housing must be the priority. for all local communities and homeless service providers in the region ”.

“Our overall message is that the implementation of the government’s new housing strategy ‘Housing for All’ must begin immediately and at a sustained pace,” said Mr. Daly.

The strategy papers state that: The government is committed to adopting a housing approach as the primary response to all forms of homelessness. It includes preventing the loss of existing homes. It also incorporates the provision of adequate support to people at home according to their needs and the provision of high levels of additional social housing.

On June 21, 2021, the Minister of Housing, Local Authorities and Heritage,…, signed the “Lisbon Declaration on the European platform for the fight against homelessness”. Declaration commits all signatories, including Ireland, to work to end homelessness by 2030. … By signing the Declaration, Ireland has agreed to promote the prevention of homelessness, access to permanent housing and the provision of homeless services. … We are committed to supporting our policy measures with adequate funding and to sharing our good practices in the fight against homelessness.

According to Noel Daly, “While these new commitments are welcome, they are Not good enough by them selves. The true value of this strategy will only become evident if the fine words are accompanied by the development of new services to prevent homelessness and the allocation of adequate resources to ensure that each of the other actions identified in the strategy are also fully realized. implemented. “

“Simon Week 2021 – a national campaign on behalf of the Simon communities of Ireland on September 27e to October 1st – calls on people to support the Simon Bill aims to offer increased protection to those threatened with eviction and at risk of becoming homeless today, giving them more time to find alternative accommodation and we hope people will actively support this campaign, ”said M Daly.

Details of the campaign are available at this link: https://www.simon.ie/simon-week-2021/

In the meantime, on Friday October 1st volunteers from Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo will participate in the 13e Annual sleep to raise the necessary funds to enable North West Simon Community. Anyone wishing to participate in the Sleepout can register on our website: https://www.northwestsimon.ie/register-to-take-part-in-annual-sleep/

80 people in the NW accessed emergency accommodation last month was last modified: September 30, 2021 through Rachel McLaughlin

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