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Child and family homelessness national emergency

  • 13/02/2018
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Government must invest in social and affordable housing - Children's Rights Alliance Report Card 2018

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Family homelessness is now a “national emergency” with a record number of children in temporary or emergency accommodation in the past year, according to the Children's Rights Alliance.

In its annual report card on the Government’s progress over its commitments to children, the charity, which unites over 100 Irish organisations working with children, stated that an unprecedented 3,333 children were without a stable home, an increase of 33 per cent since 2016.

The Alliance gave the Government an E grade for progress in this area, the lowest grade given for the 18 areas examined, ranging from health care to education.

"To halt this crisis," Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, said, "the Government must invest in social and affordable housing now."

In her introduction to Report Card 2018, Ms Ward goes on to say: "Ireland continues to make important strides towards implementing children’s rights. But far too many are still left behind. Having a Minister at the Cabinet table, a full government department and a National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures) provides Government with the infrastructure to deliver for children. As Ireland moves into uncertain times in 2018 due to Brexit and a deepening housing crisis, it is critical that we do not lose sight of children nor expect children to pay the price for our failures."

Do you need help?

You can use the Turn2us Grants Search to find out if you might be eligible for help from a charitable fund, based on your background, circumstances and needs.

The following organisations may be able to give you further advice:

Money Advice and Budgeting Service which can advise on debt, including housing, and has information sheets on its website.

You may also find it helpful to look at the Citizens Ireland information on housing

Sources:

Irish Times article: Family homelessness a 'national emergency', children's rights campaigners say

Children's Rights Alliance Report Card 2018

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