State paid €39m to house Dublin homeless in hotels in 2016
New data shows total cost of emergency accommodation in the city last year was €50m
Rapid-build modular homes in Poppintree, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Almost €39 million was spent accommodating homeless families in hotels and B&Bs in Dublin last year, more than double the amount spent in 2015, figures from the Dublin Homeless Regional Executive show.
With a monthly average of almost 700 families living in commercial hotels last year, the annual cost of accommodating one family in a hotel is more than €55,000, or almost €153 a room a night.