Cowen calls for continued emergency response to homelessness after Storm Emma

The homelessness issue will still be there afterwards

Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly

Cowen calls for continued emergency response to homelessness after Storm Emma

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has said that the special efforts made to provide beds to those living in homelessness during the extreme weather this week, should continue.

The Deputy made his comments as the Red Weather Warning, which has been in place for the past three days, was lifted and transport gets back under way.

He said, “Foremost, I must commend the Trojan work carried out by agencies and volunteer led organisations over the past week, both in proactively planning for this storm and also providing to support to those in homelessness during the course of the storm itself.

"These services have proved integral to ensuring that there was no loss of life during the freeze. 

“It is likely that during this period, services have had an opportunity to connect with people in homelessness or who are forced to live on the streets and can now work closely with them to be housed or placed in emergency temporary accommodation. 

“I call on Government to ensure that all agencies working with people living in homelessness, are provided with the resources and personnel necessary to continue to provide the emergency accommodation 

 “When this storm passes over the coming hours and families begin the process of cleaning up floods and debris, the fact remains that there are people on our streets with no safe or comfortable place to live.

“If the Government is serious about this problem then it must continue to respond to it as it is; an emergency,” concluded Deputy Cowen.