Research highlights that young homeless people in Dublin are more likely to remain on the street as adults.
Doctor Paula Mayock and Doctor Eoin O'Sullivan from the Children’s Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have spent the last three years documenting the lives of forty young homeless people in Dublin.
Their findings have been published in a book 'Lives in Crisis – Homeless Young People in Dublin’ which was launched this evening in TCD. Young people exiting the children’s system at the age of eighteen are struggling, explains Doctor Mayock,
They encounter a great number of challenges in finding services to meet their needs.
Sylda Langford at the Office of the Minister for Children acknowledged that this is a problem,
They’re over eighteen, there’s no longer the same statutory obligation.
The study identifies three broad pathways to homelessness. Young people with a history of state care and high levels of family instability and conflict are most at risk. Staying out late, taking drink and drugs and getting into trouble at school also had an impact.
Homeless campaigner Father Peter McVerry explains that people who find themselves without a home require levels of services that at present do not exist.
The support we offer to them is not intensive enough.
The Office of the Minister for Children says it intends to improve matters for young homeless people by the time the second phase of this report is published. Phase two is due to be complete in four months.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 November 2007. The reporter is Ailbhe Conneely.