Significant increase in homeless families in Galway

Report from Galway Simon reveals dramatic increase in homelessness
Report from Galway Simon reveals dramatic increase in homelessness

There was a 23% increase in the number of families becoming homeless in Galway last year.
COPE Galway has today published its annual report, which shows that it worked with 659 adults and 369 children affected by homelessness during 2015.
The organisation says the most significant issue across Galway is a lack of housing.
COPE Galway’s domestic violence services worked with 380 women and 180 children last year.
It was forced to turn away a further 288 women with 405 children due to a lack of space at its current refuge facilities.
COPE also runs a Cold Weather Response initiative, which saw an average of 13 people seek a bed every night during 2015.
COPE Galway CEO Jacquie Horan says they’ve also compiled a pre-budget submission, which calls on the government to deliver on its promises in the Action Plan for Housing.
Jacqui Horan says the government also needs to improve services for older people in Galway and across Ireland.