Daily we see headlines splashed across papers and journalists blogging about the homeless epidemic which continues to plague Ireland as house prices and rates continue to rise and evictions become sadly more and more commonplace throughout the country. More unsettling still is how those numbers affect people within our own community.
Last February Louth had 150 people registered as homeless with the Department of Housing, Planning and local government – However a recent report from April 2019 now places that number as 163 homeless within the wee county. That is an 8.6% increase in just over a year to a problem which should no longer plague anyone within our community. County Louth now has the 4th largest homeless populace in the country outside of Dublin.
Of these 163 people there is approximately 110 males and 60 females. 60% of these homeless people are aged between 25 – 44 and more worrying still is 26 are aged just between 18 – 24 and 13 are older than 65 years of age.
It is important to remember homelessness does not just affect the individual, but also families. 18 families are currently without a home in County Louth along with 9 single parent families. In total these families have 42 children today without a place to call home.
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