Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A total of 26 cases of homelessness were reported in the county for the third quarter of this year, members of Roscommon County Council were informed at a meeting on Monday afternoon.

Director of Services Martin Lydon said that out of those 26 cases, half of those were considered homeless by the council, with nine families and four individuals placed in what the council described as “short-term accommodation”.

The matter was raised by Fianna Fáil councillor Orla Leyden, who sought a breakdown on homeless numbers, as well as the number of people on the Residential Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and the Housing Assistance Programme (HAP).

Mr Lydon said 800 cases including applications seeking housing transfers were with the local authority. Excluding transfers, the number was 364. A total of 392 cases are currently on RAS with a further 402 cases on HAP.

Cllr Leyden said the figures “did not highlight” the number of people waiting for local authority housing and claimed figures should indicate the numbers of people affected, rather than cases.

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