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Latest Figures Show An Increase In Midlands Homelessness

There is a 2% increase on nationwide homelessness from December.

85 people are homeless in the midlands.

Westmeath has the highest number in the region at 35, while Laois and Offaly each have 25 without a permanent living situation.

9,150 people accessed emergency accommodation nationwide throughout the month.

It's a 2% increase on December's total of 8,914, and includes more than 2,500 children.

The total from the Department of Housing does not include numbers of rough sleepers, those in direct provision or women in refuge centres.

Sinn Fein's spokesperson on Housing Eoin O'Broin, says current government policy is making the problem worse:

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