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Additional social housing needed to tackle homelessness crisis in Galway, says local organisation

An organisation which assists homeless people in Galway is highlighting the need for additional social housing, and for vacant houses in the city to be brought back into use.

The latest rental report from property website Daft.ie shows a 10% increase in rent levels in Galway City over the past year, with average rent in the city now over 1,000 euro per month.

COPE Galway says they’re struggling to address the unprecedented homelessness crisis in the city, which is evident in the increasing numbers of people sleeping rough in recent months, and is resulting in a growing number of families and individuals remaining in emergency accommodation.

There are currently 46 families, 4 couples and 42 individuals in emergency accommodation in Galway, while a further 15 people, who were sleeping rough, sought assistance yesterday alone.

COPE Galway says the private rental market does not offer a solution to this crisis, as families and individuals often cannot afford the rents being asked for.

They say additional social housing needs to be provided urgently to address the problem, while there’s now the added pressure of new and returning students looking for accommodation in Galway for September.

Today’s report from Daft.ie shows rents nationally rose by 11.8% over the past year, while in Dublin, rents increased by 12% to an average of 1700 euro per month.

Homeowners and students are being urged to consider digs, as an alternative to private rental accommodation.

With fewer properties available for rent than ever before, and prices continuing to rise, homeowners are being reminded that they can earn up to 14 thousand euro tax free by renting out a room.

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