134 homeless people in emergency accommodation in Kildare in November

Peter McVerry said more emphasis on prevention needed

Niamh O'Donoghue

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134 homeless people in emergency accommodation in Kildare in November

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There were 134 homeless people in Kildare during November 20 and 26 and the reality is that figure is probably higher given the number of people forced to stay with families and friends.

New figures released by the Department of Housing yesterday show the Mid East region - Kildare, Meath and Wicklow had a total of 158 men and 105 women in emergency accommodation.

Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity has said greater emphasis must be placed on prevention measures in order to stem the increase in homelessness.

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Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust  said "The latest figures are once again disappointing. What we need to see its better and stronger prevention actions so that we can stem the flow of people into homelessness, only then will we see the numbers stabilise."

"We know there will be a significant increase in the number of social housing units in 2018 but while we are seeing record numbers leave homelessness that's being overshadowed by record numbers entering homelessness."

"What we really need to see is security of tenure for tenants in the event of a property sale and better mental health supports for vulnerable adults in the community. If we had these two areas addressed we would see a significant drop in the numbers coming into homelessness."

Peter McVerry runs services in Newbridge and Athy.