There’s been an almost 15% increase in the number of homeless children in the Midwest in the space of a month.
Latest figures from the Department of Housing show that there’s 345 adults and 163 children without a home in the region; up from 324 and 142 respectively a month ago.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has published the latest homelessness data for the country on the same evening he narrowly survived a motion of no confidence in him.
According to figures from the end of October, there were a total of 508 people without a home across the Midwest region.
Of this number, some 163 were children, a rise of 21 in just a month.
While the overall number of people without a place to call home in the Midwest has dropped since this time last year, the number of children remains higher than it did in October 2018.
Meanwhile, the number of homeless adults in Clare alone increased by four across the month of October; from 70 to 74.
With a nationwide increase of 117 in homeless figures in that time, this means the Midwest region accounts for around 36% of the number of people entering homelessness in October.