January homeless presentations in Kilkenny were highest in two years

Figures were almost double that of the preceding month, December

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

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The Butterslip in Kilkenny City

January saw the highest number of homeless presentations to Kilkenny County Council in the last two years, according to figures from the local authority.

There were 37 homeless/potentially homeless presentations during the month — higher than any month in 2017, and indeed, since January 2016.

It was nearly double the number from the preceding month, December, when there were 19 presentations.

Last year, in total, the number of homeless presentations dropped to 319, from 349 in 2016. As of this January, 2,194 people remain on the housing list, up from 2,180 in December. Some 34 assessment interviews were carried out in January also.
Rebuilding Ireland

Meanwhile, the council says its target for housing delivery under the Rebuilding Ireland programme this year is 113 units. In January, a number of schemes advanced.

These included five units at Togher Way in Urlingford, which have now been completed and construction of a rural house in Freshford.

Refurbishment work has begun on converting Greensbridge house and B&B into the proposed five one-bed units, while a design team has been appointed to start work on the Croker's Hill project.

Tenders have also now been received on the proposed 38-unit development for Bolton in Callan, and they are now being assessed. Part 8 consultation has also begun on the proposed 17 units for Main Street, Piltown.