Midlands Homelessness Figures Drop For First Time In 2022

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The national picture is more bleak, however.

The number of homeless people in the midlands has fallen for the first time in 2022.

123 people accessed emergency accommodation in November of last year, a drop of five from October's figures.

53 of those were in Westmeath, the highest in the region.

That number is followed by 47 in Offaly, and 23 in Laois.

A record of 11,542 people are living in emergency homeless accommodation.

Figures from the Department of Housing show the total has increased by 26% in a year. 

The figures are usually released at the end of each month, but November's total was delayed because of Christmas.

It shows a record number of adults registered as homeless at 8,048.

There are also 3,494 children growing up in emergency accommodation.

November's total is a 1.2 percent increase on the figures given for October, and is over 10,000 for the eighth month in a row.

The figures from the Department of Housing don't include refugees, asylum seekers, women in refuge centres or rough sleepers.

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