'Very helpful' homelessness report on Carlow only cost €7,500 in grant money to produce

A councillor said the report is 'productive'

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The report provides 'concrete figures and facts'

A councillor has described a homelessness report on Carlow - which only cost €7,500 in grant money to produce - as "helpful" and "very productive". 

"Homelessness in Carlow 2018" found that Carlow women and children fleeing violent homes are accommodated in refuges in Kildare and Dublin, and that "some end up on the streets of Dublin".

The report was commissioned by the Carlow County Development Partnership and written by Dr Brendan O'Keeffe.

Carlow Live can now reveal that CCDP was successful in applying for a philanthropic grant from the Community Foundation for Ireland to the amount of €7,500 for the purposes of writing the report.

This grant covered a payment to Mr O'Keeffe for writing the report, it covered research costs, printing costs, travel expenses, meeting room fees and "other bits and pieces". 

Annette Fox, a social inclusion specialist with CCDP,  said it is a "great piece of research" as there was no county specific research around homelessness and everything was "kind of anecdotal". 

"The company felt we realy needed to have some research [for Carlow]," she added, so they put through a funding application around eighteen months ago. 

Ms Fox was clear that the Council have not funded the "independent piece of research" and neither have the CCDP. 

Cllr Fintan Phelan said it is "good to get concrete figures and facts" on homelessness in Carlow from a well-researched report. 

He added that producing a report like "Homelessness in Carlow 2018" was "very productive" given the issue is one of the biggest facing the country as a whole. 

"To produce a report grounded in facts and figures, it's good to have it to help come up with a solution and put pressure on the department. It's very helpful," Cllr Phelan said. 

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