Ireland's Hidden Homeless

Ireland faces a major societal issue with its hidden homeless.

As of November 1, 2023, authorities recognised 58,824 households as eligible for social housing support.

The count of eligible households for social housing support rose by 982 households (1.7%) since the last assessment on November 1, 2022.

Yet, there has been a significant drop of 32,776 households (35.8%) since the inaugural assessment in September 2016.

In 2023, nine out of 31 local authorities reported a decline in numbers.

The social justice team at SVP is actively campaigning to eradicate Ireland's hidden homelessness.

We urge the government to:

  • Ensure the construction or purchase of sufficient social housing to meet present and future demands.
  • Enhance security, affordability, and quality in the private rental sector.

SVP stands as a leading advocate for equality and reform in Ireland's housing system.

As Matthew Desmond, a notable social scientist and urban ethnographer, said, "Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart."

Stay informed and learn more about SVP's efforts in various areas of social justice on our 'Resources' page.

Together, we can ensure accessible housing for all in Ireland, helping our communities to thrive and expand.

SVP Hidden Homeless
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