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38 people in homeless services die in first three months of 2021

At least 38 homeless people died from January to the end of March this year according to figures released by the Department of Housing to The Journal.ie.

The 38 people were known to homeless services around the country, with 30 of the deaths happening within the Dublin area.

Three deaths occured in the south-west, two in the mid-east and one in the northeast, south-east and west.

The Journal.ie reports that three of the people died on the streets, 11 died in supported housing, whilst 16 homeless people died in emergency hostels.

A spokesperson for Focus Ireland told the online newspaper that “targeted prevention services” were needed urgently.

“The circumstances of any death are often complex and respect must be shown to the deceased as well as to the families who are grieving. We must do more to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place by investing in targeted prevention services and also mental health and rehab facilities,” the Focus Ireland spokesperson said.

“Meanwhile, anyone who is homeless, whether they are rough sleeping or in emergency accommodation needs quick access to long-term stable accommodation with the appropriate wraparound support.”

79 homeless people died in the Dublin area alone in 2020, an increase of 30 deaths compared to 2019, whilst 2018 saw 47 homeless deaths reported.

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