Murphy praises 'frontline' Athlone homelessness scheme – Irish Times

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy praised those working “on the front lines” against homelessness as he visited a midlands housing project that has had an 85 per cent success rate in moving people off the streets.

The chairman of Midlands Simon Community Mark Cooney described the results from its Housing First pilot service in Athlone, Co Westmeath, as a major source of hope.

“With the minimum of resources, an end to homelessness was found for people with a history of homelessness and for people that would otherwise be in shelters or sleeping rough,” Mr Cooney said.

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