Increase in Kerry families facing homelessness seeking help in 2016

More families facing homelessness have approached Kerry County Council last year for help.
Over €900,000 will be spent by the local authority to support homeless services in the county this year.

Kerry County Council are part of the Regional Homeless Action Plan, which is part of a national policy.

This plan aims to prevent homelessness, eliminate the need to sleep rough and provide long term housing solutions.

Almost €700,000 will go towards Arlington Lodge and four other reduced support facilities also in Tralee and this money will cover the cost of emergency B&B accommodation.

Over €172,000 will be used to operate the Homeless Information Centre in Denny Street, Tralee.

That centre has seen a marked increase in the number of families seeking help up from 14 in 2015 to 25 in the following 12 months.

This has placed a strain on resources and finances to find suitable accommodation.