The number of homeless children in the Mid West has almost tripled in the past year.
Latest figures from the Department of Housing show that there are now 153 dependents across the region without a permanent roof over their heads.
According to the Department of Housing, there were a total of 525 homeless adults and children in the MidWest at the end of January.
Of this, 153 are dependents – a figure that was just 52 the same month last year.
Though there is no breakdown of which counties the children are in, it was revealed by the local authority in Clare in December that 52 children were living in emergency accommodation here that month.
The January figures from the Department of Housing show that there are 372 adults in the region without a roof over there heads.
Of that figure, 60 in Clare are living in accommodation such as B&Bs, hostels or hotels.
The overall figure of 525 compares to 333 this time last year, marking a 57% rise.