Official Street Count figures on rough sleeping for Winter 2014 across the Dublin Region

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive, today Friday November 21st released official figures from the winter (November 2014) count on rough sleeping, which identified 168 persons to be sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the 11th November 2014.

The figure of 168 is compared with the winter (November 2013) count, which identified 139 persons to be sleeping rough. There is an increase of 29 persons or 20%. There was a 60% increase between winter 2012 and winter 2013 figures.

On the night of the count, 1,526 unique adult individuals were accommodated in homeless service emergency accommodation across the Dublin region

70% of the known persons who are rough sleeping, regularly access emergency accommodation

Arrangements are in place to provide a further 152 emergency beds for homeless persons by end 2014 (to include provision for Cold Weather Initiative). This is to continue the effort to respond to the significant step- up in demand for homeless services across the Dublin region

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KEY FINDINGS

Of the 168 persons confirmed sleeping rough[1]:-

130 were male, 16 were female and 22 were unknown.
59 persons were Irish, 39 persons were not from Ireland and 70 were unknown.
36 were aged 18-30 years, 40 were aged 31-40 years, 17 were aged 41-50, 10 were aged 51-60, 3 were aged 61+ and 62 persons were unknown
81 persons had previously accessed homeless accommodation and received support, 10 persons were not known to homeless services and no information was available for the remaining 77 persons.


IN  ADDITION TO INCREASING EMERGENCY BED CAPACITY, THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL FIVE INITIATIVES ARE IN PLACE IN ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS IN THE DUBLIN REGION

New Housing First Service
A new on-street service, which combines street outreach and Housing First has been in place since October 1st 2014. The service provides two teams:

Intake Team - If a person is sleeping rough and needs accommodation and support or if they are interested in referring to Housing First

Intensive Case Management (ICM) Team – If a person is already a Housing First tenant

Housing First focuses on providing long-term tenancies for those who have been long-term rough sleeping with the provision of time –unlimited wrap around support services to assist them in maintaining their tenancy.

Cold Weather Initiative
The annual Cold Weather Initiative has been in place since1 November 2014 and it will run until the end of March 2014. It provides an emergency humanitarian response to the needs of persons who may be sleeping rough during cold weather. It provides dedicated additional beds to the existing number of beds available on a nightly basis in the Dublin region.

The Initiative aims to support individuals, who may not access the current range of services including persons who tend not to engage with homeless accommodation providers or day services or persons who may be ineligible in terms of social welfare benefits and find themselves in very vulnerable situations without accommodation.

Housing Supply
This scale of demand for services continues to underscore the fact that access to housing remains the single biggest challenge facing homeless households in the Dublin region, even with the consistent work taking place with the local authorities in utilising all procurement initiatives available to them. At the end of September 2014 (end Quarter 3) 545 individuals moved onto independent living, this includes:

Local Authority Lettings
Approved Housing Bodies (AHB) Lettings
Long-term Supported Accommodation
Private Rented



Individuals moved on to independent living
Target number of units for 2014 Number of Accommodation Units Delivered with Full Tenancies Quarterly Total Units Total Units to Date in 2014 Quarterly
Total
Persons
Q3 2014 Total
Individuals to Date in 2014
550 Local Authority Lettings 76 161
Approved Housing Bodies (AHB) Lettings 83 128
LTS (long-term supported accommodation) 26 62
550 Private Rented 63 194
1,100 Totals[2] 248 545


There was a marked increase in the number of departures from emergency accommodation into tenancies in the third quarter of 2014 with 248 individuals moving into a tenancy, a higher number than in any quarter in 2013 or to date in 2014. This increase was facilitated through a significant increase in moves to social housing while reliance on the private rental sector continued to remain low.

Housing Assistance Pilot (HAP)
The Dublin region will have the HAP pilot for homeless households operational in December. This pilot is targeted at long-term homeless households in Dublin, who currently reside in temporary emergency accommodation and who have occupied this accommodation for periods of over six months consecutively or for a cumulative period of over six months within a twelve month period.  By accepting HAP the household will retain their place on the housing transfer list of the relevant local authority.

Prevention
The reasons for people becoming homeless are both complex and wide ranging.  However, there is a particular risk for families with tenancies in the private rental sector. The DRHE, on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities set up a preventative initiative provided by Threshold’s Tenancy Protection Service  and we would strongly urge all families to contact this dedicated service for support on FREEPHONE 1800 454 454, as soon as they feel that their tenancy may be at risk

-ENDS-

Lisa Kelleher
Head of Communications and Training
Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council
T: 01 2226891/ 087 6154673
lisa.kelleher@dublincity.ie


NOTES TO EDITOR
Official Rough Sleeping Counts in Dublin
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 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.
 


[1] There is an increase in the number of unknown cases in the winter 2014 count. This is due to the bad weather conditions on the night. The information was unavailable due to the fact that the persons who were rough sleeping are bedded down during the time of the count (1am to 5am) and the coordinators of the count do not disturb persons when they are sleeping.
[2] Pathway Accommodation and Support System (PASS) records the number of unique adult individuals moving-on to independent living
 

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