Statement from Dublin Regional Homeless Executive following the tragic death on Tuesday last

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE), on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities, would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of the man, who very sadly passed away on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

This man was accessing homeless services since 2010 and was placed in emergency accommodation including temporary supported accommodation on a number of occasions. Outreach teams had engaged with him on many occasions to access accommodation and relevant supports. Unfortunately support services were unable to secure a more permanent housing solution for this individual after he left his last placement. The last known contact with homeless services seeking emergency accommodation occurred on 21st November when he was provided with emergency accommodation.

Please note this man has not yet been formally identified and there is a need to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity until his family can be notified, and because of this the DRHE will not be making any additional comment on the specifics of this individual’s case.

We are fully cognisant of the potential impact of severe weather to people who are rough sleeping and every possible effort is being made to ensure that there is enough emergency accommodation provision for those that need it and to ensure that no person is forced to sleep rough. Capacity is currently being expanded by 200+ permanent bed spaces with an additional 50 temporary bed spaces available for the winter period. Due to this expansion, provision of Emergency Accommodation has been steadily increasing since mid November 2017 and will continue until the end of the year.

Furthermore the DRHE have additional contingency measures that are triggered during more extreme weather such as the current cold spell.    Extreme weather facilities are currently in place from Tuesday 28th to Monday 4th December 2017 and will remain in place for longer if the extreme cold snap continues. 67 extra bed spaces are available along with a number of communal spaces across a range of existing services that will provide temporary shelter for those that need it. These additional Extreme Weather facilities were also in use from Thursday 23rd November to Sunday 26th November 2017 inclusive.    

Enhanced service options operational during cold weather conditions

Services operate throughout the year to support persons who are rough sleeping. However there is an increased emphasis on the level of service provision during the cold weather period.   The cold weather period provides opportunities for engagement with long-term rough sleepers and hard-to-reach groups, where increased supports need to be available.

During the cold weather period the Housing First Intake Team operate from 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. every day, allowing flexibility according to the need presenting on any given night. Furthermore the staffing of the Intake Team will increase by two for the cold weather period, to enable broader engagement with persons sleeping rough across the Dublin Region.

 

A contingency emergency response is already in place for any family who may be at risk of sleeping rough at night

 

Arrangements are in place between the DRHE, the Gardai, Housing First, Central Placement Service and the HSE with a view to improving outcomes for people that may be sleeping rough

 

ENDS

 

Further information: Bevin Herbert, DRHE, 01 222 6298 bevin.herbert@dublincity.ie

 

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Core responses to persons who are rough sleeping

 

  1. Dublin’s Housing First Service – 01 671 2555 / 086 813 9015 (out of hours)

 

The four Dublin Local Authorities fund Dublin’s Housing First Service (operated by PMVT and Focus Ireland) to provide two teams that assertively engage with persons who are currently rough sleeping or who have had an extensive experience of rough sleeping across the Dublin region.

 

Team 1: The Intake Team work with persons who are currently rough sleeping on the street from 9am to 1am 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 persons 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-term experiences of rough sleeping.

 

As part of Rebuilding Ireland – Pillar 1 addressing homelessness, the target for the Dublin Housing First Service has been expanded to 300 tenancies which will specifically be for persons who are rough sleeping.

 

  • 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)

 

  • Merchants Quay Ireland Night Café

 

 

The state-funded Night Café is open from 11pm to 7.30am and provides a range of services to people who are experiencing homelessness and drug use including;

  • Referral to support services for accommodation, treatment, health, social services
  • Brief interventions on addiction and mental health
  • Information and advice
  • Tea/coffee and a light meal
  • Showers/clothing
  • Breakfast service is available from 7.30am and users of Night Café will also be provided with breakfast

 

This service is operated through inward referral from the Central Placement Service and Housing First Intake Service Team.

Further links:

 

  1. Number of Persons Rough Sleeping 2007 to 2017 - http://www.homelessdublin.ie/about-rough-sleeping
  1. If a member of the public would like to make Dublin’s Housing First Service aware of a person who may be sleeping rough in the Dublin region, who is in need of assistance, please contact us here http://www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper
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