Creating Tenancies and Supporting Rough Sleepers
Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive[i] today welcome the commitments from Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Harris T.D. Minister for Health and Katherine Zappone T.D. Minister for Children and Youth affairs, to address homelessness with specific focus on the expansion of the Housing Assistance Payment pilot for homeless households, Rapid Build Programme and the Housing First Service.
All members of the Dublin Joint Homeless Consultative Forum will continue to work in partnership to support all the initiatives and deliver on the following key actions;
- €4 million to expand emergency accommodation in Dublin - 200 new emergency beds - Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive will be increasing the number of emergency accommodation beds in the Dublin Region over the coming months.
- 1500 Rapid Build Units by the end of 2018 – The expansion of this programme will ensure that families are moved directly out of commercial hotels and into more suitable accommodation. More information here http://www.homelessdublin.ie/rapid-build-housing-dublin
- Housing Assistance Payment Pilot for homeless households will be expanded over 2016 and 2017. 550 tenancies will be secured by the end of 2016. A further 1200 tenancies will be created in 2017.
- Housing First Service to expand to 300 tenancies, specifically targeting rough sleepers across the Dublin Region. The HSE will increase their funding to provide health, mental health and addiction supports to rough sleepers and individuals accessing emergency accommodation.
- Travel and childcare supports for families currently in hotel accommodation
- Quality standards in emergency accommodation and the use of assertive engagement to reduce rough sleeping in Dublin.
[i] The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead statutory authority in response to homelessness in Dublin adopts a shared service approach across South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
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Additional Information in relation to frontline services:
- If a person is at risk of rough sleeping
If a person is at risk of rough sleeping, they can contact the Housing First Service on 086 813 9015 from 7am until 11am or email@example.com to assist them to access emergency accommodation. This service is the official on-street response team to assist people if they are at risk of rough sleeping. Transport will be available to bring a person to accommodation if they need it.
The DRHE continue to appeal to members of the public to contact the service on www.homelessdublin.ie if they meet a person who is rough sleeping. The website provides a quick link to be completed, that will immediately alert the Housing First Service to the location of the person who might be sleeping rough.
- If a person is homeless
Dublin City Council - If a person is homeless they need to contact the Local Authority Assessment and Placement Service by either calling into their office on Parkgate Street, Conygham Road, Dublin 8 or by telephoning the Homeless Freephone Number on 1800 707 707 from 2pm-1am. This service will assess a person’s eligibility for assistance, access to temporary accommodation and placement on the Homeless Priority Housing List.
The service is available Monday to Friday 10-12noon and 2pm-4pm and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
- If a person is renting and at risk of losing their tenancy
The Tenancy Protection Service (TPS) is provided by Threshold on behalf of the four local authorities and is part of a combined effort by a number of organisations to assist families who are renting and at risk of losing their homes in the Dublin Region.
The TPS will asses a persons needs and take initial steps to help them within 24 hours. The service can be contacted on Freephone 1800 454 454 .