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“Latest Homeless Figures for Galway Show Increase in Single Adults becoming Homeless” – COPE Galway

The latest homeless figures published today by the Department of Housing indicate that there were 350 homeless adults in the West Region in July – an increase of 13 on the previous month.

However, today’s published figures do not include people who are rough sleeping, squatting or living in overcrowded situations with family and friends as a result of not having a home of their own.

COPE Galway’s Martin O’Connor noted, “These high numbers of homeless are very concerning. When combined with the 120 households on the Galway City Council Social Housing Waiting List, recently reported to be on Notices to Quit from their private rented housing, these numbers demonstrate the extent of the challenge we face in tackling the housing crisis at a local level here in Galway”.

“In the immediate term we are working with Galway City Council to bring the annual Cold Weather Response Project into operation for this coming winter to provide an additional 23 beds for people who would otherwise sleep rough in Galway City” explained Mr O’Connor.  “We are aware of up to 26 people who are regularly and continuously rough sleeping here in the city. In the period from mid-July to mid-August, we responded to a total of 91 people who presented seeking assistance due to not having a place to stay on a given night”.

The 2019-2020 Cold Weather Response project is scheduled to commence operation at the beginning of November and is due to run for 25 weeks through the winter period.  Last winter, 237 people ranging in age from 18 to over 70 years availed of the Cold Weather Response Service, which operated from COPE Galway’s Day Centre on Seamus Quirke Road from November 2018 to April 2019.

The continuing growth in homelessness at a local level in Galway again highlights the needs for more housing and COPE Galway is calling on local authorities to ensure that they achieve their 2019 social housing targets, including the building of 121 social houses in Galway City and 191 Galway County.

COPE Galway are also asking private property owners in Galway to make contact with them about any housing units they have available with a view to exploring the use of such units to meet the housing needs of people who are without a home in Galway.  “We are anxious to speak to any property owners in Galway who have units available” said Mr O’Connor.  COPE Galway can be contacted at 091 778750.

Note to Editor:

COPE Galway is a local Galway organisation whose vision is an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.

In 2018 COPE Galway worked with 949 adults and 457 children affected by homelessness in Galway, including 186 families and 612 single people. They also worked with 457 individual women and their children who were experiencing domestic abuse; produced and delivered 59,053 meals to older clients and to our services around Galway; worked with 730 older people at risk of isolation and supported 3,263 individuals through the FEAD programme (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived).

For more information:

Phone 091 778 750 / Email info@copegalway.ie

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