There are currently 354 households on the Housing Waiting List in Leitrim, an increase of over 100 people in the past five months.
In the Social Housing Assessments published in December 2013, there were 251 households waiting on social housing in the county, the dramatic rise in the first five months of the year is on trend with the rest of the country which has seen an average of 42% increase since last year.
167 of those waiting on social housing in Leitrim are categorised as Dependent on Rent Supplement.
The majority of households are on social welfare with some having unsustainable mortgages.
The Irish Times reported that the largest increase in Ireland was identified in Roscommon, where the number of households on the housing list more rose 105%, from 252 in May 2013 to 516 last week. Longford saw a 72% increase and Galway 64%.
In the December housing assessments, Leitrim had one of the largest number of households on the housing waiting list for over seven years.
Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry yesterday this week of a “tsunami of homelessness” as social housing shortages, rising rents and home repossessions look set to worsen over the coming months.
The Simon Community is calling on the Government to fully support the implementation plan on the State’s Response to Homelessness.
A report before the Dáil this week outlines the State’s plan to achieve the national objective of ending long-term homelessness by 2016.