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Housing charity saves 166 from homelessness in Galway over three months

A local housing charity prevented 166 people – including 75 children – from entering homelessness in Galway in the second quarter of this year.

Threshold confirmed to the Tribune that it prevented a total of 77 households in the city and county from entering homelessness during April, May and June of 2023.

This included 30 adults and 29 children in County Galway, and a further 61 adults and 46 children in Galway City.

During that period, Threshold advisors worked on a total of 325 cases from tenants in County Galway and 439 cases from tenants in the city.

Tenancy terminations “remained a high concern for renters” in the city and county, a spokesperson said. Some 34% of all queries from tenants in the county related to terminations, while it accounted for one in four of all cases in the city.

Threshold CEO John-Mark McCafferty said: “We are continuing to see a high volume of private renters seeking support across a range of issues, but concerns surrounding termination of tenancies remain the key challenge facing tenants.

“We saw a slight reduction in the number of households that were prevented from entering homelessness this quarter compared to the first quarter of this year. This is a result of client cases lasting for a longer time period due to their complexity, meaning that we are not closing as many cases as was previously seen.”

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