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Imagine if you can, having to go outside your front door at home. Imagine locking that door after you. How do you think you would feel if you were told you were never allowed to go back in again? It is getting colder and darker. Night is closing in. You have nowhere to go. How do you think you would feel? That is the feeling of being evicted, of being homeless.
The number of people accessing emergency accommodation in the west is at record levels, says local charity Galway Simon Community.
Homelessness in the west is growing at eight times the national average with almost 600 people in emergency accommodation last month, according to the Galway Simon Community.
Trade unions, political parties, women’s groups, student unions, housing agencies and community groups have joined forces in Galway to stage a major rally on the housing emergency, this Monday April 8.
The presentation of people seeking support for homelessness in Mayo rose by a quarter in 2018.
The end of the year gives us time to reflect and to take stock of what we have done. It is also a time when the pace of work slows and we spend time with family and friends, share gifts and indulge. The picture of warm hearth and a decorated tree comes into the minds eye. This, or some similar variation, is how it ought to be for all.
Over 220 people have presented themselves as homeless to Mayo County Council already this year.
One new person is becoming homeless every day in the west and is forced to seek emergency accommodation, according to figures that have been described as shocking by Galway Simon Community.
COPE Galway’s biggest – and longest – fundraising event of the year will see 32 people from Galway’s business community sleeping rough over 12 hours tomorrow night (Friday, December 7) to raise awareness about homelessness in Galway and help raise funds for COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.