Plight of growing number of Kildare families in emergency accommodation raised

Call for better response

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Plight of growing number of Kildare families in emergency accommodation raised

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The Minister for Housing is being called on to do more to support Kildare families and individuals in emergency accommodation.

Dep Fiona O’Loughlin said there has been an influx in calls to her office from homeless families and the latest homeless figures show there is a month on month increase in homelessness

“I am continually assisting people who call into my four constituency offices that are on the verge of becoming homeless or are already homeless and looking for support. The stories I have heard from each individual family in emergency accommodation is frustrating and hugely disheartening. One parent called me recently as they were placed into a hotel in Laois while their children were in school in the Curragh with no transport to bring their children to school,” she said.

“There are families going to be eating on their beds this Christmas and worse, some will be sleeping rough while services and supports are reduced during the holiday season. We must do more to support those at risk or already in emergency accommodation so that they have accommodation to allow families have a roof over their heads, a place to cook meals, and a secure place so they can send the children to school without having to travel long distances each day”.

She said this weeks RTE Prime Time gave a sad reflection on our country and the lack of dignity given to those who have fallen into homelessness through no fault of their own.

“I can relate to the stories told on prime time with the stories I hear each day in my office and yet, private rented accommodation and affordable accommodation are not options for people living on low incomes,” she said.

“I am calling on Minister Murphy to take action on this crisis and not just talk about the crisis! While we all discuss the crisis, there are families hurting and struggling across the country who need our help and support.”