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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.
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.
More than 80 families are homeless in the western region, including Galway, Mayo ,and Roscommon, with 37 of these being single parent families, according to the figures released by the Department of Housing.
The housing crisis in Galway city is worsening with 17 new families joining the homeless list in the city over the past eight weeks.
Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath, Robert Troy, has called on the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, to step up Government support for homeless organisations within the Midlands.
People seeking emergency accommodation in Galway rose by 15 per cent towards the end of last year, while 84 per cent of properties available to rent in Galway city are priced beyond the reach of citizens relying on State housing payments.