Dublin Region Homeless Executive confirms official Spring Rough Sleeping Count

Dublin Region Homeless Executive confirms the official Spring Rough Sleeping Count at 110 persons across the Dublin region

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and Dublin City Council (DCC) confirmed today (20th April) that the official spring count on rough sleeping identified 110 persons sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the night of 27th March 2018 and into the morning of 28th March 2018.

The DRHE has been responsible for the delivery of rough sleeping counts in Dublin since 2007. A total of 110 persons are confirmed as rough sleeping in Dublin in Spring 2018. This is a 40% decrease in the number of individuals sleeping rough in Dublin from 184 in Winter 2017 to 110 in Spring 2018.

Of the 110 persons discovered sleeping rough: 

  • 51 persons had a PASS[1] record, 7 persons did not have a PASS record and of the remaining 52, there was insufficient details provided to ascertain whether they had a PASS record;
  • 58% of people were Irish national, 42% were non-Irish nationals and 31 individuals did not have their nationality identified.
  • 90 people were discovered in Dublin City (North and South) and the remaining 20 were located outside Dublin City, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
  • 84% were male, and 16% were female. 

See infographic for detail – http://www.homelessdublin.ie/info/figures?type=rough-sleeper-count&year

Mr. Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council welcomed the decrease in the numbers of people sleeping rough and said “We have been working with our charity partners to increase emergency accommodation, and have in the last few months increased capacity by 260 permanent beds. This has had a significant positive outcome in terms of decreasing the numbers of people sleeping rough. However, the large number of people sleeping rough is still a serious area of concern and we will continue to work through the Housing First Service to engage with these people and work with them to access appropriate services.”

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

Core responses to persons who are rough sleeping

1.  Dublin’s Housing First Service – 01 671 2555 / 086 813 9015 (out of hours)

The four Dublin Local Authorities fund Dublin’s Housing First Service (operated by PMVT and Focus Ireland) to provide two teams that assertively engage with persons who are currently rough sleeping or who have had an extensive experience of rough sleeping across the Dublin region.

Team 1: The Intake Team work with persons who are currently rough sleeping on the street from 9am to 1am and who are in need of emergency accommodation and support.

Team 2: Intensive Case Management (ICM) Team works with persons who have an extensive experience of rough sleeping and who have a Housing First Tenancy (a self contained home provided within the community) with unlimited wrap around support services to assist persons to maintain their home. This is available on a 24 hour basis. The Intake Team make direct referrals to Housing First tenancies for persons who have long-term experiences of rough sleeping.

2.  Central Placement Service FREEPHONE (Dublin City Council Homeless Services)

The Central Placement Service is available during the day in Parkgate Hall, 6-9 Conyngham Road, 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.

For access to emergency accommodation contact FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 from 2pm, this includes an out-of-hours service until 1am (including weekends)

3.  Merchants Quay Ireland Night Café

The state-funded Night Café is open from 11pm to 7.30am and provides a range of services to people who are experiencing homelessness and drug use including;

  • Referral to support services for accommodation, treatment, health, social services
  • Brief interventions on addiction and mental health
  • Information and advice
  • Tea/coffee and a light meal
  • Showers/clothing
  • Breakfast service is available from 7.30am and users of Night Café will also be provided with breakfast

This service is operated through inward referral from the Central Placement Service and Housing First Intake Service Team.

Further links: 

  1. Number of Persons Rough Sleeping 2007 to 2017 - http://www.homelessdublin.ie/info/figures
  2. If a member of the public would like to make Dublin’s Housing First Service aware of a person who may be sleeping rough in the Dublin region, who is in need of assistance, please contact us here http://www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleep 

[1]A person who has a PASS (Pathway Accommodation and Support System) record is engaged with homeless services. PASS provides “real time” information for homeless presentation and bed occupancy across the Dublin region.

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