Fears too few beds available for homeless people in Dublin this winter

Friday 16 November 2012 23.53
Sam McGuinness of Dublin Simon said his organisation is dealing with 1,700 people
Sam McGuinness of Dublin Simon said his organisation is dealing with 1,700 people

Concerns have been raised about a shortage of beds to cope with the number of homeless people in the Dublin area this winter.

Winter traditionally sees an increase in people on the streets as more people try to access hostel accommodation.

Sam McGuinness of Dublin Simon says the numbers on the streets have increased this year compared to last year.

He says there is a bottleneck in the system in trying to get people out of emergency accommodation and into permanent homes.

Simon is currently dealing with 1,700 homeless people, he said.

Cathal Morgan of the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, which represents the local authorities in Dublin, says that there are problems in trying to get people out of emergency shelter.

However, he said his organisation did manage to house 700 individuals this year.

He said that extra help will be provided this winter.

The homeless executive carried out a rough sleeper count throughout the four Dublin authorities this week and the results will be published by next month.

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