More than a third of young people leaving State care, who are working with one specialised charity, are either homeless or at risk of homelessness new figures show. Focus Ireland, which works with young care leavers referred to it by Tusla, will issue the figures on Tuesday. Neil Forsyth, Focus Ireland services manager says more than one in 10 of the care leavers whom his staff work with in Dublin are homeless while another 18 per cent are in insecure accommodation and at risk of homelessness. The charity is working with 119 young care leavers across Dublin. A total of 14 of them are homeless and 22 are at risk of homelessness. “This is totally unacceptable and the harsh reality is that it is some of the most vulnerable young people using our services that are at real risk because they are homeless,” says Mr Forsyth. Sleeping roughOne woman (25), originally from Co Wicklow, has been intermittently homeless since she left State care seven years ago. “I ended up in care when I was 13. I had a load of different placements. In one year I had 24 different placements. They kept breaking down because of behavioural issues. I was… Read full this story
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