Focus Ireland Annual Report Launch

(29 Sep 2020)

29th September

Sr. Stan, speaking at the publication of the Focus Ireland Annual Report for 2019, said that Covid-19 can be a turning point in the fight against homelessness as the Government can learn from the effectiveness of rent freezes and the ban on evictions. 

"What is needed now is for Government to reintroduce both of these measures – the rent freeze and the ban on evictions – immediately, to keep people safe in their homes and to prevent homelessness services being stretched to breaking point in the expected second wave of Covid-19 over the winter months."

Focus Ireland helped a record number of 1,790 households to avoid homelessness or leave homelessness last year. 

This figure includes 1,150 households which the charity helped support out of homelessness and 640 households where its interventions avoided them becoming homeless in the first place. 

Of the 1,150 households supported out of homelessness, 810 were families with children, a 62% increase compared with over 500 the previous year. 

Overall last year, a total of 14,200 people engaged with Focus Ireland services. 

425 young people were supported by Focus Ireland youth services and another 425 adults were supported through the charity’s preparation for education training and employment programme. 

Over 5,000 people were provided with advice and information. 

To read the full 2019 Annual Report Click here 

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