Homelessness in Ireland

Educational Resources on Homelessness

Homelessness in Ireland

Homelessness in Ireland is a complex issue which affects thousands of adults and children across the country.

On this page, we've put together some of the broader figures to help you get a sense of the scale of homelessness in Ireland and the number of people whose lives it impacts.

After that, you'll have an opportunity to explore what can cause homelessness in Ireland and better understand why so many people are at risk of, or are experiencing, homelessness.

Peter McVerry Trust, which operates the Homelessness in Ireland website, supported over 7,800 unique individuals in 2020 and was active in 28 of the 31 Local Authorities across Ireland.

7,991

7,991 people accessed emergency accommodation in Ireland in May 2021. In the year-to-date, this represents an average monthly net decrease of 42 people.

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

8,132

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

596

There are 596 fewer people accessing emergency accommodation in comparison to July 2020.

Children

2,129

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

Under 24

3,072

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

Adults

6,003

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

Month On Month

118

The number of people accessing emergency accommodation is up 118 individuals on June 2021.

How did this happen?

Homelessness is more than the result of individual issues. It can often involve a combination of social, economic and individual factors.

What causes Homelessness?