Over €1.7m spent on homeless beds in Kerry

Sinead Kelleher

Last year Kerry County Council spent more than €1.7m providing emergency accommodation for homeless adults and children across the county.

Figures released by the local authority to  This figure doubled from 2017 when the council spent €821,854. 

The huge financial cost of providing emergency accommodation for Kerry's homeless show the increase in the number of people presenting as homeless in the county. 

As of January 2019 there was 113 adults homeless - 100 of which are in private accommodation and 13 in Arlington Lodge, a homeless shelter, in Tralee. 56 children were homeless at the start of the year. 

The council did not reveal what providers this money is paid to but they confirmed that the money is mainly in hostels and not hotels in Kerry. 

The council has 41 beds available for emergency accommodation in the county and access more when needed.  The location of the hostels cannot be revealed to protect those living in this accommodation, the council stated.  In 2018 367 adults accessed emergency accommodation in Kerry  - these included 171 individuals, 24 couples, and 71 families which included 105 adults. 

151 children were housed in emergency accommodation in Kerry in 2018.