Aug. 10, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
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There are 6,906 homeless people in Ireland according to the latest update from the 2016 census.
The analysis of the figures showed that 27 per cent of homeless are children, 1,846.
Females account for 42 per cent of the total - 2,888 - and 48 per cent of homeless are male, 4,018.
According to the figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 896 families were homeless including 1,726 in those families.
The figures also reveal that 17 per cent of those who are homeless are working and that 4 per cent are over 65 years of age.
As expected the Dublin region accounts for the vast majority 73 per cent of those who are experiencing homelessness.
The CSO also found that 14 per cent of those who are homeless are non-Irish.
The statistics also reveal that the average age of a homeless person is 31, six years younger than the national average age of the population - 37.
Homeless families in hotels and B&Bs are included for the first time.
While homeless families have been counted previously in the census they were generally in purposefully provided emergency accommodation.
For the census in April last year, three enumerators had been “embedded” with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive to work with them and agencies such as Focus Ireland to ensure census forms were hand-delivered to all families in emergency accommodation, to include the large-scale use of hotels and B&Bs.