Homelessness in Dublin
The Christmas Day Dinner has been organised by the Order of the Knights of St. Columbanus in Dublin since 1924. Catering for the poor and homeless of Dublin City and surrounding areas. The Knights provide almost 3,000 Christmas meals from the RDS in Dublin on Christmas day. With a contingency for over 500 sit down four course meals for our guests at the RDS and a further 2,500+ meals that are distributed by our partners to the needy in their homes on Christmas day.
Each year the demand increases and sadly, so too do the number of homeless families in Dublin.
The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive who are responsible for the enumeration of people who find themselves homeless have reported a steady increase in the number of adults finding themselves homeless. This expansion in numbers is believed to be in response to the increasing demand for emergency accommodation arising from a reduction in access to housing options. Another factor in the increase of homeless number is the influx of families, who previously would never have engaged with homeless services. It has been reported that families are presenting themselves to homeless services following the loss of private rented accommodation.
For more very useful information on the homeless situation in Dublin - visit: www.homelessdublin.ie