The DRHE acknowledges the report into food access and nutritional health of families in emergency accommodation

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive acknowledges the report into food access and nutritional health of families in emergency accommodation  

 

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) acknowledges the report into food access and nutritional health of families in emergency accommodation funded by the Department of Children and Youth and the Department of Health, and in particular the recommendations contained therein.

 

The DRHE continues to work on the development and establishment of family hub facilities across the Dublin Region, to provide more suitable accommodation and facilities for families who are experiencing an episode of homelessness and who are currently accommodated in commercial hotels. The DRHE is fully aware of the importance of access to laundry, cooking and dining facilities to the maintenance of normal family life. Every effort is being made to ensure that families who are temporarily accommodated in these facilities will have access to food storage, cooking and dining facilities. However it is important to acknowledge that this is emergency accommodation and in some cases kitchen facilities will be shared, dining spaces will be communal, and in some facilities nutritional meals will be catered for families.

 

The DRHE are committed to ensuring that homeless services in receipt of section 10 funding are of the highest standard. We ensure compliance with all statutory health and safety standards for homeless service provision and there is a formal policy for providers of emergency accommodation in terms of standards required.  

A range of supports are in place for all families who are placed in family hub facilities to assist them to move on to more sustainable housing options as soon as possible. These options include the Homeless Housing Assistance Payment, the allocation of social housing and the development of additional rapid build housing. It is the aim of the DRHE to ensure that where possible, families who are currently experiencing homelessness will be required to stay in family hub facilities for no longer than 6 months. However due to varied support needs it is not possible to ensure this timeline for all families, though it is important to note that some families have successfully moved on to housing from the existing family hubs within a period of weeks.  

 

                                                          -ENDS-

 

For further information, please contact Sarah O Gorman, Dublin Region Homeless Executive T. 222 6298 or email dhremanagement@dublincity.ie

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