New government figures show that there were 361 homeless adults across the Western region as of November last.

Galway makes up the majority of the figure with 326 adults homeless, followed by Mayo with 29 adults homeless and Roscommon with 6.

In the Northwest region Sligo had 36 adults homeless while Leitrim had 3, according to figures from the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government.

Among the homeless adults in the Western region the majority were housed in private emergency accommodation, with 223 staying in hotels, B&B’s or other residential facilities.

136 were staying in supported temporary accommodation including hostels with onsite professional support.

There were 86 families homeless across the region, containing a total of 215 dependent children.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail claims children and older people are being hit hardest in the homeless crisis.

In total, there was a drop of 66 in the number of people in emergency accommodation last November.

But there were still 10,448 people without a home, including a slight increase in the number over 65 years old.

And 3,700 were kids, which Fianna Fail's housing spokesman, Darragh O'Brien, notes is a 47 per cent rise on three years before.


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