Number of homeless in Kerry has doubled year-on-year

Figures from the Department of Housing show that the number of people who are homeless in Kerry has doubled year-on-year.

In one week in July, 97 people were recorded as homeless.

During the same period last year, 48 people were in emergency accommodation in the county.

For the week of July 23rd to July 29th, there were 97 people in Kerry homeless according to the report from the Department of Housing.

The department produces monthly reports which include an analysis of data recorded in a particular week.

While 97 is double the number recorded as being in emergency accommodation from July 24th to July 30th last year, it does represent a fall in the number of homeless in the county in recent months.

There were 111 recorded as being homeless for one week in June this year, 112 for a seven-day period in May and 100 in April.

The department doesn’t give a breakdown of the ages of those who’re homeless in Kerry.

However, an age profile is provided for regions.

Figures for July found that the number of children in the south west who are without a home stood at 255 – compared to 143 for the same time last year, an increase of 78%.

It may be inferred that the majority of children are based in Cork; of the 425 who were homeless in the south west last month, 97 were living in Kerry.