FOCUS Ireland has announced the provision of five aftercare homes across Co. Mayo, a first-of-their-kind for the county.

These homes, which are delivered in collaboration with Tusla and Mayo County Council, will provide secure, long-term homes for young adults aged 18-23 years old who have recently left the State care system and are now being support by Tusla in aftercare.

With the support of Focus Ireland, these young adults, who have come through care in Co. Mayo, will be able to build independent lives in close proximity to their existing communities and support networks.

Speaking on the delivery, Stephen Horan, Focus Ireland Key Worker in the Sligo/Mayo Region says this is a significant step forward for tackling youth homelessness in Co. Mayo.

The latest figures show that there are more than 1,200 young people aged 18-24 living in Emergency Accommodation in Ireland.

Stephen Horan has been speaking to Midwest Radio’s Michael D McAndrew.