Irish Homeless Street Leagues
Irish Homeless Street Leagues use the power of sport to transform the lives of individuals from underprivileged, poorly educated, socially excluded, and conflicted communities. The participants are men & Women between the ages of 16 and 40 years. IHSL operate more than 10 leagues countrywide, with two in Dublin alone.
Among Team Ireland’s Patrons are President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Colin Farrell, and Former Ireland International footballer Kevin Kilbane.
Focus Ireland determines the housing system being unfit to meet the needs of society as one of the major cause of homelessness, as well as rising rent costs. They state “there were 10,271 people homeless in the week of January 20 – 26 2020 across Ireland. This figure includes adults and children. The number of homeless families has increased by 302% since January 2015. More than one in three people in emergency accommodation is a child.” (Focus Ireland, 2020).
In 2013 the Irish Government started a plan with the goal of ending homeless by 2016 (EJH, 2016). This goal was not achieved, in fact there was a two-year increase of 59% in people accessing homeless accommodation in 2018 (FEANTSA, 2018).