Dublin Regional Housing Executive (DRHE) Response to #Ophelia

Dublin City Council, as the lead statutory authority in the Dublin Region is leading the response to ensure homeless persons at risk are sheltered for the duration of the storm.  We have been working with our partners in homeless services to coordinate a joint response to this unprecedented event.  

All the main service providers have agreed to keep accommodation open for the 24 hour period, including utilising communal spaces for supplementary shelter.  In addition, shelter to accommodate up to 200 homeless persons has been sourced and is operational.   Our emergency placement service in Parkgate Hall will remain open to provide information and assistance.   Our Freephone service opens early today at 1800 707 707.  

List of emergency measures in place today set out below:

  • Peter McVerry Trust will provide shelter at 6 Sth Richmond St & 15 Aungier St and the Youth Cafe in 12 / 13 Berkeley Rd will remain open 24 hours.
  • Focus Ireland will provide shelter for duration of storm at the Café, Temple Bar.
  • DePaul will keep their one night only beds at Bru, Little Brittan Street, Blessington St, Mount Brown  open 24hrs.
  • Merchants Quay Ireland has provided 5 extra spaces and their facility will remain open for 24 hours.
  • The Dublin Simon Community are utilising communal spaces for additional shelter and will keep their one night only beds open for 24 hours and have provided a supplementary outreach team.
  • We have contacted all Private Emergency Accommodation providers who will remain open and accessible for homeless persons today.  
  • Crosscare are opening their community café, Eblana Ave, Dun Laoghaire from 11am.
  • Novas are providing additional temporary emergency spaces.
  • The Capuchin day centre is providing additional shelter for 120 homeless persons and DRHE have provided sleeping bags to facilitate this.
  • Dublin City Council is providing an additional overflow facility at our Sports complex in Marrowbone Lane, which will be managed by the Peter McVerry Trust.    
  • The DRHE funded outreach team (Focus Ireland & Peter McVerry Trust) are operating throughout the day to engage with those at risk of rough sleeping and provide them with shelter.
  • We are asking the public if they come across a person at risk of rough sleeping to please notify the relevant services:- http://www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper#1

We are confident that there will be sufficient additional emergency spaces to cater for homeless persons in Dublin today. We are extremely grateful for the cooperation and assistance from all our partner agencies in the charity sector.  

For further information please contact
Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE), Bevin Herbert: bevin.herbert@dublincity.ie T. (01) 01 222 6298, M. 086 8227447