Focus Ireland urges extension of Covid-19 supports –

Focus Ireland has called for temporary supports to prevent homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic to be extended beyond 27 June, to prevent a surge in people becoming homelessness.

The number of families presenting as homeless in Dublin fell to just 14 in April, the lowest since the family homelessness crisis began in 2013.

The charity attributes this to the temporary rent freeze and ban on evictions, which were introduced for three months on 27 March.

“They have had a huge impact. We can see from the numbers that there are far fewer families becoming homeless at present, so we would urge that those supports to continue into the future,” Niamh Lambe, the manager of the charity’s Family Homeless Action Team said.

Working with Dublin City Council and Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Focus Ireland has also found homes for more than 100 families in Dublin in the last two months – 52 in March and 54

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