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Homelessness in the West of Ireland is growing at a faster rate than any other region according to local charity, Galway Simon Community. The latest homeless figures released show 496 people, including 209 children, were in emergency accommodation in the West of Ireland during July, a 56% increase compared to the previous year.
The former Corrib Haven B&B on Upper Newcastle Road has been bought by the Galway City Council and will be converted into a family hub accommodation for 12 homeless families.
Galway Simon Community is calling on the people of Galway to show solidarity with those experiencing or at risk of homelessness by sleeping out on Friday October 5.
As of our most recent City Council Housing Report there are 210 persons in emergency accommodation in the city. This number includes 41 families and 152 children. This number increases from year to year and the City Housing Department, in reply to my question about the projected cost of next years homeless budget, have confirmed they are seeking more funding due to increasing numbers presenting as homeless. The crisis in Housing is getting worse not better and it is a failure of government to put the resources in place and a failure of our local authority to fully implement plans.
Homelessness in Galway is at crisis stage with the emergency shelters run by Galway Simon and COPE at breaking point, the head of Galway Simon said this week.
The issue of homeless presentations continues to grow for Mayo County Council with all 10 of the council's emergency accommodation units currently full.
The housing crisis in Galway city is worsening with 17 new families joining the homeless list in the city over the past eight weeks.
The homeless crisis in Galway is now "out of control" as rents spiral upwards and increasing numbers seek emergency accommodation or sleep on the streets, a situation that will "continue to escalate with detrimental consequences" unless immediate action is taken.
Roscommon-Galway deputy, Eugene Murphy, says the Government must address gender based inequality, which sees thousands of women lose out on full State Pension entitlements.
Childhood is for a limited period of time and cannot be reclaimed if a child has a sub-optimal experience due to inadequate housing, claimed Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, when he delivered the keynote speech at the launch of COPE Galway’s 2016 Annual Report.