‘Lack of one bedroom accommodation in Newry is fuelling homelessness’ – McAteer

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Community, Politics
Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has stated that there is a severe lack of one bedroom accommodation in Newry prompting a lot of people to declare themselves as homeless.
Independent Newry Councillor Kevin McAteer

Independent Newry Councillor Kevin McAteer

McAteer has also stated that this has ensured that a lot of people are “sofa surfing.” The Independent Councillor told Newry Times, “People need to get this idea out of their heads that homelessness is just about someone sleeping on the street. “Another aspect of homelessness is the act of sofa surfing which is the practice of staying temporarily with various friends and relatives while attempting to find permanent accommodation. “The lack of one bedroom accommodation facilitates this, meaning that those who declare themselves as homeless are not being housed either in one bedroom or emergency accommodation due to the lack of facilities available. He added, “If we do not find a solution by way of developing more one bedroom housing then this issue will most certainly get worse.”
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