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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Early school leavers fill ranks of the homeless

LEAVING school early is a key factor in Ireland's spiralling rate of homelessness, a new report has found.

The report -- compiled by Cork Simon -- found that 65pc of homeless people believe they will never again be employed because of the stigma of having lived rough.

The study interviewed over 91 homeless people and found that 65pc left school early.

The report found that the barriers to homeless people returning to the workforce include early school leaving, low self-confidence, poor health and the effects of long-term unemployment.

Various charities working with the homeless reported a 15pc hike in demand for support services last year -- with over 2,400 getting help in Dublin alone.

Irish Independent

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