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Latest Homeless Figures Show Slight Increase In County Wicklow

New homeless figures from the Department of Housing show there were 28 homeless in County Wicklow in November an increase from 25 living in emergency accommodation in October.

There are more people homeless in County Kildare than Meath and Wicklow.

The three counties form the Mid East Region, where 43 families and 190 children, were in emergency accommodation in November.

The figures show there were 10,448 people, including 3,752 children, in emergency accommodation nationwide in that month.

Meanwhile Nearly 3 thousand people are living in "hidden homelessness" - with some of the highest figures in rural areas.

A new system was introduced last year allowing homeless people to use a post office as their address.

According to the Sunday Independent, over 1,400 adults in Dublin have availed of the service so far.

That's followed by 231 in Cork, 194 in Galway, 119 in Kildare and 104 in Wexford.

Many of those using the service are couch surfing or staying with friends and family - so aren't counted in official homeless figures.

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