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More than half at food queue 'not homeless'

MORE than half of the people who availed of a homeless charity soup run last year were living in private accommodation.

Figures from the Cork Simon Community reveal that of the 600 people who availed of a free hot meal between March and December last year, 52pc were not classified as "homeless".

The charity said more and more people were becoming vulnerable to losing their homes as they struggled to meet rent or mortgage payments.

Its figures show that of the 600 people who availed of a free hot meal during March to December 2012, 52pc were living in private accommodation.

Cork Simon's Paul Sheehan said the figures were "shocking" as they revealed the number of people living on the fringes of losing their homes.

Irish Independent