COUNCILLOR Malcolm Byrne has described as “shocking” figures that show Wexford County Council has spent €345,545 on emergency accommodation for the homeless in the first eight months of 2019.
“This figure is shocking and a significant expenditure by Wexford County Council, but behind it are the individuals and families who find themselves without a roof over their heads,” the councillor said.
still spending far more than we did
Cllr Byrne said, that while there has been some reduction in homeless numbers and that we were unlikely to hit the record €615,920 spent in 2018, “we are still spending far more than we did for all of 2016”.
The housing crisis was still acute. While some people were not in emergency accommodation, they were in overcrowded conditions or ‘couch surfing’. It was becoming impossible in parts of the county to find affordable places to rent, he said.