Hotels used to accommodate homeless families

Thursday 20 February 2014 19.36
Hotels used to accommodate homeless families in Dublin
Hotels used to accommodate homeless families in Dublin

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has said there are 131 homeless families in Dublin being booked into hotels because of an accommodation crisis in the capital.

The executive said hotels are being used as a last resort after an increase in the number of families presenting as homeless over the past five months.

Families are being put up in different hotels around the city at the cost of up to €80 a night. They have to be moved regularly when rooms become unavailable.

The executive said rising rents and the refusal of many landlords to accept rent allowance tenancies has led to an increased demand and their emergency accommodation is full.

Director Cathal Morgan urged people who are in difficulties with their rental accommodation to contact the executive and get support before they become homeless.

He said in the long term the problem of Dublin's housing supply needs to be tackled.

The executive has a total of 1,364 emergency accommodation cases.

Around half are in supported accommodation with the other half in private accommodation sourced by Dublin City Council, which involves apartments, bed and breakfasts and hotels.

There are 16,000 families and individuals on the housing waiting list and some families have already waited ten years for permanent housing.