Saturday 20 July 2019

Louth has the highest number of homeless

Louth had the highest number of people presenting as homeless in the north east region, according to new figures published by Louth County Council.

There were 163 homeless in Louth, out of a total 178 across the North East, it was revealed in the most recent statistics for the region, from March 22nd to April 29th.

A further 11 were declared in Cavan, and four people in County Monaghan.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: 'As the responsible housing authority for the north east region, Louth County Council continues to manage this area, and achieve the goals set out in the North East Homelessness Action plan.'

The figures further reveal that the number of men now homeless is almost double the number of women presenting themselves as homeless.

The most common age of those who find themselves presenting to the local authority is between 25 years and 44 years old, of which there 98 people.

A further 41 people were in the 45-64 age bracket, with 26 people in the 18-24 age group.

The remaining 13 were aged 65+. The latest figures, which were presented to Louth County Councillors ahead of their AGM on Friday last revealed that the vast majority (108) who presented as homeless in the region were placed in emergency accommodation.

A further 69 people were placed in supported temporary accommodation.

The findings also show that it is not only adults who are presenting as homeless in the region, but families with children. There were 18 families with dependents, which was 42 children.

Drogheda Independent