The group organised a census in the county earlier this month.

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Concern is being raised over an increase in homeless figures for County Galway.

A one-day census by Cope Galway this month found a 20% increase on last year.

It follows the publication of national homeless figures for May showing 10,000 people homeless, for the fourth month in a row.

Cope’s Martin O’Connor says they’re continuing to see new people coming forward, including 14 families this month alone;

“In conducting that census, we actually identified 174 households that were either directly accommodated  by us in emergency accommodation or we placed in private emergency accommodation on behalf of Galway City and County Councils.”