Threshold seeks urgent funds to prevent family homelessness after latest figures

1 October 2019

keep the wolf from the door Threshold launches emergency fundraising campaign

National housing charity launches emergency fundraising campaign

New figures confirm the number of homeless children and families rose in August


Tuesday 1 October 2019: The national housing charity Threshold has launched an urgent fundraising appeal in response to the newly released government statistics which show a further rise in the rate of family homelessness in Ireland.

The appeal comes as a direct response to the worsening homelessness epidemic.  Figures released by the Department of Housing yesterday show a further increase in family homelessness, with 1,726 families now homeless including 3848 children.  

Announcing the appeal, CEO of Threshold, John-Mark McCafferty said:

“Our frontline services are now working flat out to keep families in their homes as winter approaches.  Our staff help tenants challenge invalid notices of termination or rent reviews; take discrimination cases to the Workplace Relations Commission; challenge illegal evictions and represent tenants at the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). 

“This keeps thousands of families in their homes.  In 2018, through our Tenancy Protection Service we kept 5,161 households in their homes, thus preventing 7,111 adults and 4,451 children from becoming homeless in the first place.

“But family homelessness is getting worse, we urgently need more money to fund homelessness prevention nationwide and we are appealing to the public to support us to prevent this crisis from worsening in the coming months.

“The average cost of emergency accommodation provision is €100 a night per household. But Threshold’s prevention services cost an average of €1.20 to keep a similar household in their home. So the cost of homeless prevention is only 1.2% of the cost of homeless accommodation.”

The theme of the campaign is the need to “help keep the wolf from the door” by providing the service required to keep families in their homes.  Running exclusively online, the ads show a frightening pack of three wolves – the three wolves of homelessness - closing in on a small family at risk of homelessness.

“The concept of the wolf at the door is a metaphor for the three main threats faced by those at risk of homelessness:  Rising rents, lack of security of tenure and the absence of alternative accommodation for those losing their homes.  These are the dangers our services help prevent, but we badly need additional funding.”

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