Ireland was particularly hard hit by the global financial crisis, and its waves are still being felt. Some 10,000 of the 4.5 million population are now homeless, creating a creeping humanitarian disaster.
An alarming increase in street homelessness in London can be traced back to the financial crisis which led to cuts in those services that are trying to help those in need. Abigail Frymann Rouch reports from London.
In the wake of the financial crisis, many people in Ireland lost their jobs, defaulted on their mortgages and were forced to give up their homes. There are now nearly 10,000 homeless in a country of 4.5 million people, and the problem is quietly turning into a humanitarian disaster.
Dublin is struggling to cope with an unprecedented spike in homelessness that has outstripped the city’s capacities. The main reason is a lack of houses. Ireland is desperately short of housing and there isn't any sign that the situation will change anytime soon. But crises often spawn innovations and one Irish architect is trying to pave the way for new solutions.
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