Clare County Council has admitted that its Homeless Action Team is coming under increased pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
It comes as some institutions, such as hospitals and prisons, have had to reduce their occupancy due to social distancing guidelines.
This in turn means that people have been coming to the housing section of the local authority, with a view to either returning to a previous address they had been inhabiting or looking for emergency accommodation.
According to the latest available figures, 71 adults and 43 dependents were classed as homeless in Clare at the end of February.
The local authority is now urging people with vacant properties for rent or lease to make themselves known to them, to help alleviate the pressure they are under.
The Clare Homeless Action Team can be contacted on 065 684 6291.
Statement from Clare County Council.
Statement from Clare County Council
Clare Homeless Action Team continue to provide a full service to those homeless or at risk of homelessness at this challenging time.
We are grateful that all emergency accommodation providers have continued to work with Clare HAT in the provision of accommodation to those most in need.
The requirement for social distancing has seen some institutions reducing their occupancy and this in turn has put pressure on Clare HAT to secure additional accommodation.
In additional due to COVID-19 many people have lost their jobs and this further increases demand for homeless services.
Clare HAT can be contacted on 065 684 6291 however please be mindful that due to the volume of calls you may be asked to leave a message and will be called back.
Clare County Council are seeking vacant properties for rent or lease, in this regard if there are property owners with vacant properties please contact Clare County Councils Housing Section on [email protected]
UPDATE March 30th, 11am:
A previous version of this story indicated that emergency accommodation providers had reduced their occupancy rates. This is incorrect; where ‘institutions’, as referenced in Clare County Council’s statement, refers instead to hospitals and prisons. Clare FM apologises for any confusion caused.