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25/07/2021

100 people present themselves as homeless

Housing

100 people present themselves as homeless

Louth County Council's Director of Housing Services has said the homelessness crisis in the county is spiking and there's been a worrying trend of more families presenting themselves as homeless.

Louth County Council's Director of Housing Services has said the homelessness crisis in the county is spiking and there's been a worrying trend of more families presenting themselves as homeless.

Joe McGuinness told last night's Dundalk Municipal District Meeting that over 100 were in emergency accommodation last month and a number were in need due to the investor homes they'd been renting, being repossessed.

He said while the homelessness crisis reached a peak in Dublin or Galway two years ago, locally more families are presenting as homeless.

Mr. McGuinness added that the local authority's using hotels, B&Bs, leased properties and all means possible to house those affected, but he said more housing units are needed.

Sinn Fein Cllr. Edel Corrigan - who raised the issue, says the latest figure is unacceptable.

“It is absolutely shocking to see what people are actually going through on a day-today basis,” Sinn Fein councillor Edel Corrigan said.

“We are in a crisis and we need more done.

“The figures are there. We had one hundred people present themselves as homeless in county Louth last month alone.

“There is no way we cxan jusdtify this situation.

“There is no way we can justify that.”

The Government's new Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness has emphasised the need for local authorities to get properties that are vacant reoccupied.

It is seen as a major part of the new housing programme.

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