There is no need for anyone in Kerry to have to sleep rough.
That’s according to Kerry County Council which says there are enough emergency beds to cope with demand for people who become homeless in the county. This year, so far, 152 people have sought emergency accommodation, including 14 families. To date this year homeless services in Kerry have dealt with 183 cases, made up of 152 individual clients, which represents a 20 percent repeat rate. These included 14 families. 130 people were accommodated in hostels, and B&B accommodation provided a solution for 53 people. To date, there have been 507 visits to the homeless information centre in the county, seeking advice, assistance and, in some of these cases, accommodation. In 2014, there were 297 cases booked to emergency accommodation, made up of 244 individual clients, and 651 visits to the homeless information centre. Sixty-eight percent of those who needed help, moved on from emergency accommodation within six weeks. The report was presented to members of Kerry County Council by Director of Services John Breen. He said there are enough emergency beds in Kerry to deal with the problem and no need for anyone to have to sleep rough.