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Statistics on Homelessness

Statistics on homelessness

Galway Simon Community works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across Galway City and County. The number of people accessing our services has continued to increase every year since 2013 due to the homelessness and housing crisis. 2020 is bringing even more challenges as we deal with Covid-19, another crisis on top of a crisis, which has resulted in even further demand for our services.

Get information and statistics on homelessness in Galway, the West of Ireland and nationwide below. To learn more about homelessness and the causes, click here.

It is important to note that the homeless figures reported on by the Government each month record the number of people living in Emergency Accommodation only and as such, they do not represent the true extent of the homelessness crisis. Only a very small number of the people that are supported by Galway Simon Community are represented in these figures.

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Summary of People Supported by Galway Simon Community in the last 3 Years

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Breakdown of Current Households Supported by Galway Simon Community

From January to October 2020, Galway Simon Community supported 579 unique households. This includes the following:

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Summary of Households Supported

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2020 figures include January to October

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National Emergency Accommodation Figures – 4 Year Summary

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Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government

Adults, Youths and Children in Emergency Accommodation Nationally

In October 2020, there were 8,737 people in total reported as living in Emergency Accommodation in Ireland. This included:

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Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government

National Emergency Accommodation Figures (Expanded)

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Reporting Period: October 2017 – October 2020

Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government

West of Ireland Emergency Accommodation Figures – 4 Year Summary

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Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government

Adults, Youths and Children in Emergency Accommodation in West of Ireland

In October 2020, there were 368 people in total reported as living in Emergency Accommodation in the West of Ireland. This included:

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Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government

West of Ireland Emergency Accommodation Figures (Expanded)

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Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government