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Dublin City Council bracing for increased homelessness in 2023

Dublin City Council has estimated that it may need several hundred new homeless beds for 2023, in anticipation of an increased number of homeless people next year.

The figures were revealed as part of a City Council tender process seeking to find a venue that could provide extra emergency accommodation for the homeless.

“The estimated additional Emergency Accommodation requirements for the DRHE for 2022 are estimated to be in the range of 100 to 200 single beds, and 100 to 200 family bedrooms,” the document reads.

The DRHE is the Dublin Region Homeless Executive – the branch of the City Council which deals specifically with the homeless.

Therefore, the Council is anticipating that it will need as many as 200 extra beds for additional homeless people in the coming year, including hundreds of bedrooms for homeless families.

The Council previously made the same request for extra homeless beds for 2022, indicating that the problem is getting worse annually.

The development comes as homeless figures in Dublin have already hit a record high of over 11,300 as of last month.

The government has spent much of the year straining to accommodate not only the growing number of homeless individuals within the state, but also a large influx of asylum seekers who have arrived in 2022.

It has been estimated that Ireland will have received 72,000 Ukrainian asylum seekers by the end of this year, with a further 13,000 to 14,000 asylum claimants of other nationalities expected to arrive during the same period.

Many asylum seekers have arrived in Ireland with nowhere to go, being forced to sleep rough or stay on the floor of Dublin Airport.

Over 3,400 of those who are homeless in the state are children.

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