OFFICIAL STREET COUNT FIGURES RELEASED ON ROUGH SLEEPING FOR APRIL 2015 ACROSS THE DUBLIN REGION

38% Decrease since November 2014

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive, today, Thursday April 30th, released official figures from the Spring (April 2015) count on rough sleeping, which identified a minimum of 105 persons to be sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the night of April 14th into the morning of April 15th 2015.

• The figure of 105 is compared with the winter (November 2014) count, which identified 168 persons to be sleeping rough. There is a decrease of 63 persons or 38%. This is the largest decrease in the number of individuals discovered sleeping rough since the first count took place in 2007.

• On the night of the count, 1,872 unique adult individuals were accommodated in homeless service emergency accommodation across the Dublin region. This is separate to the number of child dependents accommodated in the region.

• 46 persons accessed the Night Café operated by Merchant’s Quay Ireland, on the night of the count. This service provides a core response to persons who are rough sleeping and makes onward referrals to accommodation and support services including; health, addiction and social services.

• Continuing arrangements are in place to provide further emergency beds in the Dublin region, in an effort to respond to the significant step- up in demand for homeless services.

KEY FINDINGS APRIL 2015

Of the 105 persons confirmed sleeping rough

• 88 persons were male, 15 were female and 2 individuals were unknown

• 57 persons were Irish, 14 persons were not from Ireland and 34 were unknown

• 17 were aged 18-30 years, 28 were aged 31-40 years, 21 were aged 41-50, 10 were aged 51-60, 4 were aged 61+ and 25 persons were unknown

• Information was provided by 60 of the 105 persons confirmed as rough sleeping. Of these 60 persons, 48 had previous access to homeless services.

• 24 individuals were found to be sleeping rough in the north inner city and 64 in the south inner city. The remaining number were in parks and in areas outside the city centre

-Ends-

Lisa Kelleher

Head of Communications and Training

Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council

lisa.kelleher@dublincity.ie

NOTES TO EDITOR

CORE RESPONSE SERVICES TO PERSONS WHO ARE ROUGH SLEEPING

1. Housing First Service

The state-funded Housing First Service[1] provides two teams that assertively engage with persons who are currently rough sleeping or who have had an extensive experience of rough sleeping.

Team 1. – The Intake Team work with persons who are currently rough sleeping on the street from 7am to 3am 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 person 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-terms experiences of rough sleeping.

Housing First Service is jointly provided by Focus Ireland and the Peter Mc Verry Trust on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities.

01 671 2555 Out-of-hours 086 8139015

If a member of the public would like to make the Housing First Service aware of a person who may be sleeping rough in the Dublin region, who is in need of assistance, please contact the confidential weblink on http://www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper

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 provided by Merchants Quay Ireland, is open from 11pm to 7.30am and provides a range of services to people who are experiencing homelessness and drug use including;

a. Referral to support services for accommodation, treatment, health, social services

b. Brief interventions on addiction and mental health

c. Information and advice

d. Tea/coffee and a light meal

e. Showers/clothing

f. Breakfast service is available from 7.30am and users of Night Café will also be provided with breakfast

This service will be operated through inward referral from the Central Placement Service FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 and Housing First Intake Service Team (out-of-hours 086 8139015)

PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS FOR SINGLE PERSONS/COUPLES AND FAMILIES

Tenancy Protection Service

A Tenancy Protection Service provided by Threshold, on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities, is in place to assist individuals and families, who are renting in the Greater Dublin Area and who feel that they are at risk of losing their tenancy.

Callers will receive the following prompt interventions, if they are at risk of losing their home:

a. Immediate guidance about rights as tenants and landlord obligations

b. Negotiation between tenant and landlord to resolve problems and take further action if needed, including the referral of a clear dispute to the Private Residential Tenancies Board

c. For rent supplement customers, an application for an uplift in payment can be made to the Department of Social Protection for families/couples or individuals, who are facing a rent increase and who are at risk of becoming homeless (The uplift in payment is based on a Tenancy Sustainment Protocol arrangement between the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, four Dublin local authorities, Threshold and the Department of Social Protection. The protocol is in place to protect existing tenancies, when the household is a rent supplement client and is at risk of losing home as a result of the landlord intention to increase the rent payable)

d. Referral to Tenancy Sustainment Services provided by Focus Ireland and the Dublin Simon Community if required at early point of contact.

FREEPHONE 1800 454 454 between 9am to 9pm

BACKGROUND TO THE OFFICIAL COUNT ON ROUGH SLEEPING IN THE DUBLIN REGION

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive carries out official counts on rough sleeping every six months. The street count is a way of confirming a minimum number of people sleeping rough on the night in question in the Dublin region and assists us in measuring the effectiveness of the regional strategy, in addition to planning for services.

The local authority recognises that a single count only tells part of the picture; rough sleeping is a dynamic situation whereby people can spend long periods sleeping rough or on a very sporadic basis.

The Spring 2015 Rough Sleeping Count took place on the night of April the 14th into the morning of April the 15th between 1am and 4am when persons are bedded down.

There were over 100 volunteers and staff from homeless services involved in the count across the Dublin region.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead statutory local authority in the response to homelessness in Dublin and adopts a shared service approach across South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council.
 

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