Record Number Of Homeless People In The Midlands

Nationally, over 11,000 people accessed emergency accommodation for the first time ever.

There was a record number of homeless people in the midlands last month.

128 people accessed emergency accommodation in the region in October.

56 of those were in Westmeath, the highest among the three counties.

47 people were homeless in Offaly, and 25 in Laois, the third lowest in the country.

Nationally, the number of homeless people in Ireland has crossed 11,000 for the first time ever.

Figures from the Department of Housing show 11,397 people were accessing emergency accommodation in October.

This includes over 1,600 families, an increase of 69 on the previous month.

Meanwhile more than 3,400 were children or dependants that rose by 138 on September's figure.

Dublin has the highest number of people experiencing homelessness followed by Cork and Limerick. 

Wayne Stanley of the Simon Communities of Ireland says it's the largest increase seen since May 2020 - in the first lockdown.

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