There’s been a marginal rise in the number of homeless people in Clare over the past month.
The Department of Housing’s latest figures have revealed that across Clare and Limerick, there were just shy of 500 people without a permanent home at the end of February.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has published the latest homeless data for Ireland, in which it has been revealed that as of the end of February, 10,148 people nationwide were classed as homeless.
Locally, 495 of those are here in the Midwest, accounting for almost 5% of the national figures.
When broken down, that equates to 347 adults and 148 dependents living in emergency accommodation in Clare and Limerick at the end of February.
72 of those adults are in this county, while the report doesn’t give a geographic breakdown of homeless children.
The overall figure is a monthly rise of seven, from the 488 that were classed as homeless in the Midwest at the end of January; while it’s 10 more than the same month last year.