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.

8,238

8,238 people accessed emergency accommodation in Ireland in February 2021. In the year-to-date, this represents an average monthly net decrease of 139 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

8,238

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

1,910

There are 1,910 fewer people accessing emergency accommodation in comparison to February 2020.

Children

2,264

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

Under 24

3,040

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

Adults

5,974

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

Month On Month

75

The number of people accessing emergency accommodation is down 75 individuals on January 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?