Midlands Simon CEO says more funds are needed to tackle homelessness in rural counties

Midlands Simon Community Chief Executive Tony O’ Riordain is calling for more funding to be allocated to help address homelessness in the midlands region.

The Chief Executive was commenting on figures which show that child homelessness in the midlands region, which covers Longford, Westmeath and Offaly, has more than tripled in two years.

The figures show there were 30 homeless children in 18 families in January of 2017, and by January this year the number had increased to 101 children in 35 families.

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The number of homeless families had increased to 45 during a week in April this year although three number of children homeless had fallen slightly Tony O’ Riordain says tackling homelessness in rural counties is far different from urban centres like Dublin, but this isn’t acknowledged in terms of funding.

He says the midlands is given less than 2% of the national homeless budget although there are far greater costs involved in going to meet with people and trying to help them.