Homeless agency calls on HSE to maintain funding

A leading homeless agency has today called on the HSE to maintain funding levels for the sector into next year as they try to eliminate the need to sleep rough.

It follows a report from the Dublin Simon Community that shows the physical and mental health issues facing homeless people.

The report found that around three in five people sleeping rough had physical health problems and two in five had mental health issues.

The Department of Environment has already confirmed that its funding levels for homelessness will be maintained into 2010.

However, CEO of Dublin Simon Sam McGuinness says the HSE needs to do the same.

A separate report from the Homeless Agency has found that the numbers sleeping rough in the capital has fallen from 98 earlier this year to 60.

It is seen as an encouraging trend towards their target of eliminating long-term homelessness in 2010.


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