RAPID BUILD HOUSING (MODULAR HOUSING) INFORMATION UPDATE MARCH 2nd 2016

DELIVERY OF 22 RAPID BUILD HOUSING UNITS (MODULAR HOUSING) IN POPPINTREE, BALLYMUN, DUBLIN 11
The delivery of 22 units of Rapid Build Housing in Poppintree is close to full completion (end March 2016).
The 22 houses are two-story units, with three bedrooms and will provide temporary accommodation for families who are experiencing homelessness and who are currently accommodated in commercial hotels by the local authority, on an emergency basis.
Work is ongoing with Dublin City Council’s Homeless Central Placement Service (CPS) to assess and appropriately place families in the new units in Poppintree.
The CPS are working with families to ensure suitability of placement, considering key elements such as vicinity to local schools and existing family supports.
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INITIATION OF COMPETITION FOR FURTHER 131 RAPID BUILD HOUSING UNITS
Dublin City Council initiated a competition for 131 Rapid Build Housing Units, on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.
In order to facilitate optimum market participation in the competition, Dublin City Council will look for expressions of interest with individual completion dates for specific sites. This will take into consideration the specific number of units to be built on each site.

There are four sites selected and located in the Dublin City Council administrative area, they include;

  1. Drimnagh – site will commence work in the beginning of April 2016
  2. Belcamp, Malahide Rd – site will commence work in the beginning of July 2016
  3. Ballyfermot – site will commence work in the beginning of April 2016
  4. Finglas – site will commence work in the beginning of April 2016

The intended timelines of this competition are working towards the completion of all units by Autumn 2016.
The four Dublin local authorities are working towards the further delivery of a further 350 units approximately across the Dublin region to address the temporary accommodation needs of families in commercial hotels. Further detail in relation to this will be provided.
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EXTENT OF FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN DUBLIN REGION 2016
There were 769 families in emergency homeless accommodation in January 2016 (week of 25th to 31st). This is following December 2015, whereby there were 683 families in emergency accommodation (infograph available on http://www.homelessdublin.ie/homeless-families )
This indicates to statutory and state-funded homeless services that many families deferred their decision to contact or access homeless services until after the Christmas period.
In January 2016, 125 new families presented to homeless services in the Dublin region, whilst 39 families departed from services during the same period.
An analysis of the data relating to the 125 newly presenting families confirmed that 83% identified one of the following three reasons as a cause of homelessness:

  1. Notice to quit private rented accommodation
  2. Relationship breakdown (often following a move back in with family after leaving private rented accommodation)
  3. Overcrowding

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LOCAL AUTHORITY RESPONSES (LEAD DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL) TO FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN THE DUBLIN REGION
The delivery of Rapid Build Housing is working with the with the continued intensification of local authority efforts including;

  1. Tenancies in 2015 - 1,059 tenancies were achieved in the Dublin region in 2015 for people who are experiencing homelessness. Of the 1,059 tenancies, 485 were local authority lettings and 112 tenancies were provided through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Pilot.
  2. Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Pilot - Continued strengthening of the HAP pilot accommodation sourcing team through the Dublin Place Finder Service, managed by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive.
  3. Preventing Private Rented Tenancy Loss - continued prevention of families accessing homeless services through the successful work of the Tenancy Protection Service, provided by Threshold on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities. Since its inception in June 2014 (to end December 2015), the Tenancy Protection Service, provided by Threshold on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities had 7,514 contacts from families and individuals in need of assistance. It is calculated that 1,905 tenancies have been protected as a result of this joint Department of Social Protection, Dublin local authority and Tenancy Protection Service intervention.
  4. Supported Family Accommodation - Continued expansion of self- contained supported temporary accommodation for families experiencing homelessness, in order to divert away from the use of commercial hotels.
  5. Housing Allocation Directive for Homeless Priority Households- The Dublin local authorities continue to implement the ministerial directive which requires that 50% of allocations are utilised for homeless households and other vulnerable groups
  6. 25 New Homeless Action Team Staff - with the levels of families presenting to homeless services remaining such a daily challenge, the rate of support planning has decreased in large part due the logistical difficulty of accessing families as they were disbursed throughout the region in commercial hotels. The local authorities are responding to this through the increase of the Focus Ireland staff resource for the family Homeless Action Team (HAT) to 25 to improve and speed up the support planning function for families.
  7. Tusla - A Homelessness Liaison Officer has recently been appointed with Tusla with the remit of co-ordinating child and family resources to dedicated supported family accommodation settings, particularly in relation to child protection. The Homelessness Liaison Officer links with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive around access for children and families to Family Resource Centres. It also provides guidance for Home School Community Liaison and School Completion staff on helping children and families experiencing homelessness to maintain regular school attendance. School Completion Programmes have been asked to prioritise homeless children for services such as breakfast and homework clubs.

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