“These latest concerning figures once again highlight the lack of progress made in addressing the shocking rise in youth homelessness over the past number of years, and the need to invest in adequate supports and services. The National Youth Homelessness Strategy was published at the end of 2022, and it needs urgent investment.”
“The latest data from the Department of Housing lays bare the scale of the challenge facing many young people in precarious situations. We clearly need to prioritise prevention and housing-led solutions for young people in emergency accommodation so they are supported into safe, secure and stable accommodation”.
“What emergency accommodation figures don’t take into account is the many young people experiencing “hidden homelessness” who find themselves couch-surfing or staying with temporarily with friends, family or others. Government also must use all the tools in its armoury to address this challenge head-on.”