Accommodation for Athlone’s homeless expected to cost €750,000 per year

Westmeath County Council are expecting to spend almost three-quarters-of a million euro this year, or almost €14,000 per week, on providing emergency accommodation for people who are homeless in Athlone.

The figures were revealed in a response to a question from Councillor Aengus O Rourke at this month’s meeting of the Athlone-Moate M.D.

The Council also revealed that at present, ten families, comprising of fifteen adults and 25 children, as well as eight single people, are accessing emergency accommodation.

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The local authority also revealed to Councillor O’Rourke that it spent half-a million-euro on emergency accommodation last year, and one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand euro in 2017.

The Fianna fail Councillor is hopeful that the homeless crisis will ease next year in the town