Pertinent local homelessness issue continues to escalate

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

As a sense of family and belonging pervades this festive season, the homelessness crisis continues to persist at local level as we approach a new calendar year.

The issue which garners traction on a daily basis nationally is also proving immensely problematic in Athlone and the environs with Midlands Simon Community experiencing a vast increase in demand for their services during the year.

Referencing the ongoing concerns pertaining to the homelessness issue, Mark Cooney, Chairman of the Board of the Midlands Simon Community, noted that the Emergency Accommodation Service was now working to capacity.


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