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Saturday 15 June 2019

65 adults homeless in County Wexford

Brendan Keane

Focus Ireland has said the Government has to effectively deal with homelessness after figures emerged showing 65 adults are homeless in Wexford.

The charity said the incoming county council members need to play a key role in ending what it says is a 'crisis' and that delivering homes will be key to doing that.

The organisation said homelessness will not end without a shift in national policy but there also needs to be a fresh approach at local level by the incoming councillors and that without a substantial increase in the provision of social housing the issue will remain.

The charity also said there needs to be a shift away from reliance on emergency accommodation and hubs.

Focus Ireland's CEO, Pat Denigan, said the legal responsibility for tackling homelessness lies with local councils.

He said councillors can make a difference by committing to build more social houses and ensuring that the local authority publishes guidelines for staff setting out what a 'children first' approach will involve.

Mr Denigan said social needs to be available for the vulnerable in society.

Government figures show that at present 3,794 children are homeless within 1,729 families.

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