Homelessness in Ireland

Educational Resources on Homelessness

Homelessness in Ireland

We have provided some information on homelessness and related issues below. This will give you a better understanding of the scale of homelessness in Ireland, including numbers of those at risk of homelessness.


8,656 people accessed emergency accommodation in Ireland in September 2020. In the year-to-date, this represents an average monthly net decrease of 119 people.

Homelessness in Ireland,
in Numbers

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

Emergency Accommodation

Homeless Hostels or other institutions and shelters


8,728 is the live figure of people accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland.


Sleeping Rough: 
Streets, Parks, Cars & Squats


For every person sleeping rough in Dublin there are 29 people in emergency homeless accommodation.

Mortgage Arrears


The number of private residential and buy-to-let mortgage accounts in Ireland that were in arrears, as of March 2020.

Soaring Rents


As of September, private rents have risen by 65% nationally since their low point in late 2011, putting thousands at risk of homelessness.

Unfit Housing


90% of private rented dwellings in Dublin inspected over a two-year period were found to be in breach of housing standards legislation.

Direct Provision



People granted refugee status or international protection in Ireland who cannot secure accommodation outside of Direct Provision, as of March 2020.

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?