Homelessness in Ireland

Educational Resources on Homelessness

Homelessness in Ireland is an online, educational resource created and delivered by the national housing and homelessness charity, Peter McVerry Trust. You can visit the charity’s main website and find out more about Peter McVerry Trust’s work across Ireland here.

Homelessness is an issue experienced by people who lack a place to live that is supportive, affordable, decent and secure. As of March 2021, 8,060 people were accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland.

This site offers insights into homelessness in Ireland, as well as the services and solutions Peter McVerry Trust delivers to tackle and prevent homelessness.

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Homelessness in Ireland,
in Numbers


To help raise awareness of the magnitude of the homelessness situation in Ireland, we have gathered related data, information and resources on this website.

Emergency Accommodation

Hostels, Family Hubs or other temporary accommodation

8,060

The most recent number of people accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland.

Sleeping Rough

139

The latest count of people sleeping rough found 139 people across Dublin City Centre in December 2020.

Year On Year

1,847

There are 1,847 fewer people accessing emergency accommodation in comparison to March 2020.

Children

2,166

The number of children accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland, as of March 2021.

Under 24

2,904

The number of people under 24 accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland, as of March 2021.

Adults

5,894

The number of adults accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland, as of March 2021.

Month On Month

178

The number of people accessing emergency accommodation is down 178 individuals on February 2021.

About Peter McVerry Trust

In 2020, Peter McVerry Trust worked with over 7,800 people in 28 of 31 Local Authorities across Ireland. The charity works primarily with young single individuals, but also offers support to increasing numbers of couples and families.

The largest group who access the charity’s services are young, homeless males aged from 18 to 35.

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Our Empty Homes Initiative

We strongly believe that addressing these issues can play a significant role in improving housing availability, housing affordability, and reducing and ultimately eliminating homelessness.

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Under 18s and Aftercare Services

Peter McVerry Trust provides residential services for young people under the age of 18, and for those who age out of State care upon turning 18 years old.

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