Call for a broader range of solutions to housing as the number of homeless in Dublin grows.

The latest annual report from the Simon Community says the number of homeless people in Dublin has risen by 20 per cent over the last two years.

Over one thousand people in Dublin received food and shelter from the organisation last year.

The Simon Community cares for mainly older people who live in hostels on a long-term basis. However, the Simon Community have expressed serious concern over the growing number of homeless young people in the capital. 

The traditional perception of who the poor and homeless are is no longer accurate.

Geraldine Regan of the Dublin Simon Community says that in the region, they have witnessed an increase of fifty per cent in the number of people between the age of 18 and 39 availing of their services.  The breakdown of the extended family and unemployment are key factors in this increase. 

The Simon Community blames the government for failing to give voluntary and statutory agencies proper access to resources. They are calling for a wide range of housing options and acknowledge that emergency accommodation is only temporary and not a solution to the problem.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 October 1993. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.