Plight of homeless families highlighted

Many homeless children think it’s normal to eat on a bed or standing up according to a new report from Focus Ireland.

It showed families in emergency accommodation struggle to maintain healthy diets and often have to resort to take-aways.

Recent figures show more than 5,000 adults and almost 3,000 children registered as homeless in June.

Between December and April Focus Ireland surveyed ten families in hotels, hostels and B&Bs to find out how they’re coping.

Families spoke of having limited access to fridges, tables and cookers meaning they‘re often forced to eat foods like noodles, pasta, pizza and chips.

Joint author of the report Michelle Share from Trinity College says these families have difficult choices to make.

Focus Ireland says well designed family hubs are better for families than hotels or hostels.