32 people were homeless in Offaly during Christmas week

New statistics have revealed the reality of homelessness

Justin Kelly

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32 people were homeless in Offaly during Christmas week

FILE PHOTO: 32 people homeless in Offaly during Christmas week

There were 32 people homeless in Offaly from December 25 to January 1. 

Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, today (January 19) published his Department’s December 2017 Homelessness Report.

The report, based on data provided by housing authorities, captures details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities.

The figure show that 10 people were homeless in Laois and Longford, while there were 24 in Westmeath, making Offaly the worst county in the Midlands region for homelessness during the period.

Nationwide, there are 5,508 homeless adults. 

National Figures
Homeless Adults 5,508
Homeless Families 1,408*
Dependents 3,079

* adults associated with these families are included in the 5,508 figure

Commenting on the report Minister Murphy said: “At the national level, the report reveals reductions across almost all categories in December – adults, families and dependents. The overall decrease of 270 in the number of people experiencing homelessness is welcome. Significantly fewer children were in emergency arrangements during December compared to the previous month. Obviously we still have more work to do to help children and families in to secure homes, but this is good progress for those families who were accommodated during the month of December.”

“A lot of good work was done in 2017, with 4000 adults exiting homelessness. In relation to families;  we are now seeing the lowest number of families in emergency accommodation since June of last year.

“Homelessness will continue to be a challenge and the Government will continue to work relentlessly to exit as many people from emergency accommodation, as well as prevent people from entering homeless services, over the course of 2018. I would like to thank the continued and dedicated efforts of all of those involved in resolving this crisis, including staff in my Department, the local authorities, the non-governmental sector and other volunteer organisations.”

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