THE NUMBER of social housing units allocated to the long-term homeless in Fingal is on the rise with the council housing four times as many homeless people in 2011 than it did in 2007.
In 2007, 10 homes in Fingal were allocated to the long-term homeless but last year, that number had quadrupled to 40 and was just over 8.3 per cent of the total number of social houses allocated in the year. The figures came in response to a question from the Mayor of Fingal, Cian O'Callaghan, and the council said that the increase represents the local authority's progress in meeting targets for housing the homeless set by the Department of the Environment. Fingal County Council said: 'A regional target is set for housing homeless applicants by the Department of Environment and the Homeless Executive year on year. 'Significant progress has been made by Fingal County Council during the period in providing housing for homeless applicants. 'Increased support services are also provided in accordance with the Pathways Model and Government Housing Policy.'