Significant Increase In Midlands Homelessness

It's the first increase in six months.

There's been a significant increase in the midlands homelessness figures.

It's the first increase in the region's figures in six months.

195 people were without permanent accommodation in May, which is up 16 from the number in April.

The largest number of those are in Westmeath, where 68 adults were in emergency accommodation, followed by 46 in Offaly, and 25 in Laois.

The total figure includes 56 children, which is up ten on April.

Nationally, there's been another record level of people accessing emergency accommodation.

14,159 people were homeless last month, while that figure includes over 4,300 children.

The figures released by the Department of Housing do not include refugees, asylum seekers, women in refuge centres or rough sleepers.

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