Additional Emergency Beds in Place to Respond to Homelessness in Dublin Region

Annual Cold Weather Initiative is in place from November 2015 to end April 2014

  • 100 SINGLE BEDS (MINIMUM)
  • 75 RINGFENCED BEDS ACROSS ALL HOMELESS SERVICES
  • 20 SINGLE BEDS (EXTREME COLD WEATHER)
  • 37 FAMILY UNITS
  • 18 COUPLES UNITS
  • 80 ROOMS (TO BE CONFIRMED FOR FAMILIES)

 
The aim of the Cold Weather Initiative is to prevent fatalities and/or serious harm and provide an emergency humanitarian response to the needs of persons who may be sleeping rough during cold weather. It provides dedicated additional beds to the existing number of beds available on a nightly basis in the Dublin region.

ACCOMMODATION FOR SINGLE PERSONS
The below sets out additional capacity, which will be in place for the duration of the cold weather period

Provision Type
Number of Beds/Units
Support
Winter Temporary Night Shelter for male and female adults
Thomas Street, D 8
100 beds (minimum)
Intake from November 24th and in place until end April 2016)
Supports will be provided by Crosscare
Dublin City Council have overall operational responsibility
HSE is supporting the primary health care needs of through SafetyNet -providing a range of services including GP consultations, vaccination and health screening
Ring fenced additional winter capacity across all homeless services
75 beds
Support provided onsite or in reach support where necessary


NB: It is important to note that of the new/ additional 271 emergency beds implemented following the homeless summit held in December 2014, there remains in place 251 of these beds on-going – i.e. 20 beds were withdrawn as anticipated by the Civil Defence at their Wolfetone Quay Operations Centre.

ACCOMMODATION FOR FAMILIES
The level of family provision which will be implemented for a long-term term duration (i.e. until such time there is adequate long-term housing in the region and subject to a planned scaling down process).
These facilities are dedicated assessment centre units, which provide support which is either on site or on an in reach basis.

Provision type
Number of units/rooms
Support
Family Supported Accommodation
Finglas Road, Glasnevin,
D 11
14 units
(intake during November)
Onsite support provided by the Peter Mc Verry Trust
Family Supported Accommodation
Ballymun Plaza, D 11
25 units
(intake commenced)
Inreach support provided by Depaul
Family Supported Accommodation
To be Confirmed
80 units
To be confirmed

The Children and Families Homeless Action Team (state funded via Focus Ireland) has been given approval to raise its staff capacity to 25 project workers, in order to respond to the increasing support needs of families.
Arrangements are being put in place whereby Tusla and the HSE (Public Health Nurses, etc) will ensure the co-ordination of their existing services on an inreach basis into the above family provision.
The aim here is to ensure a whole of state approach is taken in order to comprehensively respond to the needs of families identified as vulnerable and in need of priority support.

ACCOMMODATION FOR COUPLES

Provision type
Number of units/rooms
Support
Long-term Supported Accommodation
Sean mc Dermott Street, D1
18 units
(Intake from November 18th 2015)
Onsite support provided by Sophia Housing Association

INCREASED SUPPORT LEVELS
 
OPERATION OF HOUSING FIRST INTAKE TEAM
The Housing First Intake Team will be operating from 7am to 1am every day and will extend service as daily needs arise. The Intake service transport available to the team to assist in supporting vulnerable people who are sleeping rough to access accommodation.

CONVERTING ONE NIGHT ONLY BEDS INTO SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION
A strong emphasis is being put on improving progression options for persons; by converting a sizeable number of existing one night only beds into supported accommodation options as well as increasing capacity for the CWI target group specifically Cedar House, Crosscare and Grantham Mews, Peter Mc Verry Trust.

DAY SERVICES AND NIGHT CAFÉ
The Capuchin Centre has extended his early opening hours to 7am. Merchants Quay Ireland breakfast service is available from 7.30 and the Night Café is open all night. Focus Ireland Coffee Shop, Mendicity Day Services etc are all operating day services during the cold weather period.

ASSERTIVE ENGAGEMENT
Assertive engagement with one night only services in the Dublin region to ensure that persons most consistently using homeless accommodation services on a night by night basis can be engaged with to identify progression requirements.

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE
A Guide to Good Practice for Street Outreach Teams has been developed in partnership with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council Homeless Services Central Placement Service (CPS) and the Housing First (HF) Team (Focus Ireland and Peter Mc Verry Trust) and a range of volunteer groups who are currently providing street engagement. This guide clarifies roles and appropriate interventions: what to do and what not to do, and also promotes effective communication between outreach volunteer groups, HF and CPS/ Freephone services. The aim is to ensure best practice is clear, and to improve progression options and outcomes for people who may be rough sleeping.

ROUGH SLEEPER REPORTING
This reporting process can be employed by anyone encountering a person who is rough sleeping, and will alert the Housing First Intake Team as to the exact whereabouts of the rough sleeper so that the team can engage with them at that location.
http://www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper#1
HSE COLD WEATHER INITIATIVE
The HSE is supporting the primary health care needs of people availing of the cold weather facility through SafetyNet who will provide a range of services including GP consultations, vaccination and health screening
GARDA LIAISON WITH HOMELESS SERVICES
A protocol has been developed by Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána to enhance communication and coordination between Gardai, Housing First, and CPS, with a view to improving outcomes for people who may be rough sleeping.
 
IN ADDITION TO THE COLD WEATHER INITIATIVE

  • 500 modular housing units to be delivered in the Dublin region in 2016 to provide temporary accommodation for families who are currently in commercial hotels
  • 739 household exited from homeless accommodation into verified tenancy arrangements (Data: January to September 2015)
  • 1,346 tenancies have been prevented from becoming homelessness as a result of the Tenancy Protection Service provided by Threshold on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities (Data: June 2014 (initiation of service) to September 2015)
  • 61 tenancies (Data: 3/11/2015) through the implementation of the Homeless Housing Assistance Payment Pilot.
  • 65 family units in place in Tallaght Cross with onsite support provided via Focus Ireland and housing management services provided by Tuath AHB.
  • 2,119 beds occupied across all forms of emergency accommodation including commercial hotels (Data: 30/09/2015)
  • 1,343 child dependents accommodated through homeless services in Dublin region (Data: 21st to 27th September 2015)
  • Consistent efforts through the local authority leasing initiative to source private rented accommodation and efforts through the dedicated local authority Place Finders Service.

 
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COLD WEATHER INITIATIVE
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive, a shared service of Dublin City Council have overall responsibility for co-ordinating the Cold Weather Initiative from an operational perspective on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities and the following are central to the effective delivery of the Cold Weather Initiative:

  • Dublin Local Authority Homeless Placement Services (including the homeless Helpline)
  • State- funded voluntary services residential providers (NGOs)
  • Dublin Housing First Intake Team (i.e. assertive street outreach team and transport service)
  • Health Service Executive
  • An Garda Síochána (Dublin Metropolitan Region)
  • Tusla
  • Civil Defence

 
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive will facilitate media visits to some the services outlined from week commencing 9/11/2015.
For further information please contact:
Lisa Kelleher, Head of Communications and Training, Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council  T: 01 2226891/ 087 6154673
lisa.kelleher@dublincity.ie/ homeless@dublincity.ie

NOTES TO EDITOR
Housing First Service
If a person is sleeping rough and needs accommodation and support or if they are interested in referring to the state-funded Housing First Service provided by The Peter Mc Verry Trust and Focus Ireland
Contact - 01 671 2555 (Outreach emergencies 086 8139015 out-of-hours service)

Central Placement Service, Homeless Services, Dublin City Council
This assessment and placement service is available during the day on Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 for individuals and families presenting as homeless in the Dublin City Council area. In addition, assessment and placement services are in place in the housing departments of South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The out-of-hours access to emergency accommodation is
Contact - FREEPHONE 1800 707 707

Prevention
The reasons for people becoming homeless are both complex and wide ranging. However, there is a particular risk for families with tenancies in the private rental sector. The DRHE, on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities set up a preventative initiative provided by Threshold’s Tenancy Protection Service and we would strongly urge all families to contact this dedicated service for support on as soon as they feel that their tenancy may be at risk
Contact - FREEPHONE 1800 454 454

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