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Mum and kids sleep rough because council's credit card maxed out

Mum and kids sleep rough because council's credit card maxed out

A woman and her three children were forced to sleep in an industrial unit after Dublin City Council’s credit card maxed out.

The Department of the Environment said the card used by the council’s Central Placement Service had reached its maximum limit due to the "significant volume of families" who are presenting as homeless on a daily basis.

"The CPS had reached their maximum limit on the credit card due to the significant volume of families that are presenting to the local authorities as homeless on a daily basis and who are subsequently being accommodated in commercial hotels," said a spokesperson for DRHE.

Fianna Fáil Councillor for Fingal Jack Chambers claimed that the woman was in private rented accommodation but had to move out in June when the property was sold.

"This is an extremely disturbing development in Dublin's spiralling homeless crisis," he said.

"Homeless families were out on the street this week because the funds were not there to provide temporary accommodation."

The department said the limit on the credit card has been renewed and extended and it meets weekly with Dublin City Council to "discuss and monitor the housing and homeless situation".

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive said it is managing an unprecedented demand for its services in the Dublin region.