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New study finds lone parents are among most disadvantaged in Ireland's housing system

Sep 14, 2021 15:09 By News Northern Sound
New study finds lone parents are among most disadvantaged in Ireland's housing system New study finds lone parents are among most disadvantaged in Ireland's housing system
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It's also been warned that there could be a rise in "hidden homelessness" across rural areas in the coming months.

A new study has found that lone parents are among the most disadvantaged in Ireland's housing system.

The research, from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the ESRI, show lone parents and their children account for 53 per cent of all homeless families.

They are also much more likely to experience poor housing.

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The report also highlights the disadvantages experienced by ethnic minorities, with over 40 per cent of Black and Black Irish living in over-crowded accommodation, compared to 6 per cent of the total population.

Sinéad Gibney is the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

She says homelessness also affects people in rural areas like the Northern Sound region, and warned of a rise in "hidden homelessness" as we emerge from the pandemic:

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