The July Homeless figures show that the number of homeless people accessing emergency accommodation has hit a record high for the fifth month in a row.
In July, 12,847 people were recorded as being homeless in Ireland. The figures are made up of 9,018 adults and 3,829 children. This is a rise of 247 people compared to June.
In county Tipperary 41 people are in emergency accommodation provided by Tipperary County Council during July – the figure for Limerick is 332 people in emergency accommodation. Both counties are reporting a slight improvement – there were 45 people in emergency accommodation in Tipperary in June and 344 in Limerick Council’s emergency accommodation last month.
Another record was set with 1,839 families accessing emergency accommodation.
The figures do not include people who may be sleeping rough, living in tents or in overcrowded accommodation.
Focus Ireland describes the figures, which it says are up 22% on the same period last year, as shocking and unacceptable.