Updated: 14/08/15 : 07:06:22
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Number of homeless families soar

Focus Ireland said it dealt with a record number of homeless families in Dublin last month, most of which said they had never been homeless before.

Figures released this morning show that the number of families becoming homeless so far this year has almost reached the total for all of 2014.

In the first seven months of this year Focus Ireland worked with 466 families, compared to 485 in all of last year.

Last month a record 77 families presented to them, with 70 of them saying they had never been homeless before.