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 10,000 unique individuals in 2021 and was active in 28 of the 31 Local Authorities across Ireland.

10,568

10,568 people accessed emergency accommodation in Ireland in July 2022.

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

10,568

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

Year On Year

2,436

There are 2,436 more people accessing emergency accommodation in comparison to July 2021.

Children

3,137

The number of children accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland, as of July 2022.

Under 24

4,376

The number of people under 24 accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland, as of July 2022.

Adults

7,431

The number of adults accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland, as of July 2022.

Month On Month

76

The number of people accessing emergency accommodation is up 76 individuals on June 2022.

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?