Fears Homeless Numbers Will Rise Again In Coming Months

Midwest Simon fears a drop in the level of homelessness in Clare and Limerick is the calm before the storm.

The latest figures from the Department of Housing show a 15% drop in the number of people living in Emergency accommodation in the Midwest at the end of last year.

355 adults, including 64 in Clare, and 104 children were without a permanent home in the region in December, down from an overall figure of 545 the previous month.

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Midwest Simon’s Housing Support Team Leader, Tracy Reddy has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that numbers could rise again in the coming months:

Meanwhile, the possibility of opening a drop-in centre for homeless people in Ennis is being examined.

Concerns have been raised that many services for people sleeping rough aren’t open to those under the influence of drink or drugs or in the grip of addiction.

A public meeting is being held next month in Ennis to discuss the matter, and will be addressed by Caitríona Twomey, who runs the Cork Penny Dinners, one of the country’s best known charities.

She says its a vital service for those in need.