FRONTLINE SERVICES PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS AND ROUGH SLEEPING OVER CHRISTMAS IN DUBLIN

Throughout the Christmas period, the work of the four Dublin local authorities and state-funded services will continue to provide emergency accommodation and support services for over 3,500 adults and children , every night, right across the Dublin region. This is a 71% increase in adults and children using our services, since November 2014.

Taking serious action to prevent rough sleeping and homelessness is a key priority for all statutory and state-funded homeless services.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council, as the lead statutory agency for homelessness in the region.

We would appeal to media outlets to share this short video clip https://youtu.be/qHUxUSrQC4s or below information. It provides key contact details for frontline homeless services to assist individuals or families, who may be at risk of homelessness over the Christmas period.

IF YOU ARE AT RISK OF ROUGH SLEEPING

If you are at risk of rough sleeping, please contact the Housing First Service on 086 813 9015 from 7am until 11am to assist you to access emergency accommodation.

This service is the official on- street response team to assist you if you are at risk of rough sleeping. Please contact the service immediately and be aware that if you are outside the city centre area, transport will be available to bring you to accommodation if you need it.

We would also like 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 YOU ARE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION

If your tenancy has ended and you are in need of emergency accommodation over the Christmas period from December 25th 2015 until January 3rd 2016 please contact Dublin City Council’s Homeless FREEPHONE on 1800 707 707. This service will be available everyday from 10am until 2am.

IF YOU ARE A FAMILY AND ARE ACCOMMODATED IN A COMMERCIAL HOTEL

The four Dublin local authorities have been contingency planning since October 2015 to ensure that the placements for households that are currently accommodated in commercial hotels can be extended through the Christmas period into early January 2016, whilst daily local authority placement offices are not open.

Where hotels are closing for the Christmas period, alternative placements have been put in place.

This information has been communicated to all relevant families, however we would appeal again to families to contact 1800 707 707 if they are concerned about their placement.

IF YOU ARE RENTING AND WORRIED ABOOUT LOSING YOUR HOME

If you are renting privately and are worried about your lease ending before Christmas or early in the new year, the Dublin local authorities would urge you to contact their dedicated Tenancy Protection Service, provided by Threshold on 1800 454 454 as soon as you feel your tenancy is at risk.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER

The Knights of Columbanus continue to host the annual Christmas Day Dinner in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Anglesea Road Entrance. A free bus service is provide to and from the RDS every 20 minutes from 9.30am from three pick up points;

  • Mansion House -Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Four Courts – Inns Quay, Dublin 1
  • Clery’s Clock – O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1

DAY SERVICES

There are a range of day services that are available and open throughout the Christmas period including;

  • Capuchin Day Centre – 29 Bow Street, Dublin 7
  • Merchants Quay Day Service and Night Café – Riverbank, 4 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8
  • Focus Ireland Coffee Shop – 15 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

-ENDS-

For further information please contact:

Lisa Kelleher

Head of Communications and Training

Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council

homeless@dublincity.ie

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