Sunday 24 September 2017

Count of rough sleepers in region

LOUTH Local Authorities is to lead a count of rough sleepers in the North East, comprising Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.

The count will take place tonight (Tuesday). The hour-long count will commence at midnight and see a team visit locations where there may be rough sleepers.

The aim of the count, which forms part of a national initiative, is to allow local authorities and other agencies to develop appropriate supports to help everyone sleeping rough to move into more stable, longerterm accommodation.

Joe McGuinness, Chair of the North East Regional Consultative Forum said: 'It is important in planning our future provision of emergency accommodation that we have an accurate picture of who is sleeping rough. This count will allow us better coordinate services and use resources to best effect.

' There is a very specific definition of rough sleeping so it excludes those in hostel or other shortterm accommodation. Our specific interest for the November 13 count is to accurately track the number of people sleeping outside or in buildings, vehicles or structures not designed for habitation.'