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151 Homeless In The Midlands Last Month

The national records are below 10,000 for the first time since last February.

151 people in the midlands were recorded as homeless at the start of 2020. 

Figures from the Department of Housing, Planing and Local Government found over half of those were women. 

Westmeath has the largest number of adults without a home at 35, followed closely by Offaly with 34. 

Laois has 21 and Longford with the lowest total of 8. 

That represents 1% of the national total, which is over 6,300 adults.

Eight in ten of people homeless in the region are between 25 and 64.

11 are in the 18-24 bracket, while three people over 65 don't have a place to live. 

There remains slightly more men than women in emergency accommodation in the midlands. 

Dublin still has the biggest issue with homelessness in Ireland - the capital accounts for 68% of the total.  

A leading housing charity is calling for a re-doubling of efforts to make sure the number of homeless people continues to fall.

The latest figures show a 7% drop in the numbers living in emergency accommodation in December.

Just over 9,700 were recorded as homeless, the first time it's been under 10,000 since February last year.

Pat Doyle, CEO of The Peter McVerry Trust, says the national reduction has been a long time coming:

Mr. Doyle hopes it's not a once off:

 

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