• The number of homeless people in Co Mayo is continuing to rise, and 2018 could see an increase of 40% on last year.

    In the first ten months of this year, 224 people presented as homeless to Mayo County Council - including 173 adults and 51 children.

    The figures were revealed at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Housing.

    Cathaoirleach of the Housing SPC Councillor Gerry Ginty says this is a direct result of a lack of social housing being built in Mayo and across the country in recent years.

    He's appealing to the public not to oppose plans for social housing developments - citing an example in Ballina where Mayo Co Co is planning to build a 54-unit social housing development at a site on the Foxford Road, but Councillor Ginty says there's considerable opposition to the plan from existing residents in the area and a number of councillors.

    Councillor Ginty says there are currently over 2,000 people on the housing list in Co Mayo, and every effort should be made to give people a roof over their heads.

  • The St. Vincent de Paul says the detrimental impact of homelessness on children and families can no longer be ignored.

    It says the upcoming Papal visit will bring to the fore how the use of hotels to meet homeless families' needs is entirely inappropriate.

    It's reacting to the news a homeless mother and her children spent a night in Tallaght Garda station as they had nowhere else to go.

  • Almost 4,000 homeless children are currently living in emergency accmomodation, while some 9,000 family homes are locked out of the housing market as a result of the Fair Deal nursing home scheme.

    That's according to Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten, who recently pointed out that the Fair Deal scheme is effectively banning the renting out of vacant houses belonging to older people in nursing homes, as they are hit with a treble penalty under the current means-test rules.

    The latest homeless figures published yesterday by the Department of Housing show that 3,848 children in 1,726 families are without a home - while up to 9,000 family homes are falling into disrepair due to the rules regarding rental income - that's five vacant homes for each homeless family.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Deputy Naughten says this situation needs to be reviewed ahead of the Budget.

  • A Galway charity is appealing to private property owners to help with the homeless problem.

    A one-day census by COPE Galway has found 174 households from across the city and county living in emergency accommodation - which is a 20 percent increase on last year.

    COPE's Martin O'Connor says they're looking for housing units that could be used to provide extra accommodation.

  • 302 people were recorded as homeless in Galway in October.

    Figures published by the Department of Housing also show that in the rest of the western region, 34 were recorded as homeless in Mayo and four in Roscommon during the period.

    Meanwhile, there was an 80 percent increase in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation with the Simon Communities of Ireland last year.

    The charities annual report shows the number increased from 968 in 2017 to 1,738 last year.

    The total numbers accessing their supports around the country also rose by more than a quarter to 16,800.

    Galway Simon Community CEO Karen Golden says it’s a difficult time of year for families under pressure and living in emergency accommodation.