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

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.

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