UPDATE ON LEVEL OF ACCESS TO HOMELESS SERVICES IN DUBLIN AND MOVE ON TO TENANCIES FROM JANUARY TO MARCH 2016

Including Official Figures from Spring 2016 Street Count on Rough Sleeping
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive[1] (DRHE), today, Tuesday May 3rd released detail on the level of access to homeless services, move on to tenancies in the Dublin region for Q1 2016 (January to March) and official figures from the Spring (April) count on rough sleeping, which took place across the Dublin region on the night of the national Census April 24th into the morning of April 25th 2016.
KEY FINDINGS

  1. TENANCY CREATION AND SUPPORT
    • The four Dublin local authorities delivered a record number of tenancies in Q 1 for any quarter recorded to date, with the provision of 413 tenancies.
    • Of the 413 tenancies, (141) local authority lettings, (161) Housing Assistance Payment, (37) Private Rented, (28) Long-term supported accommodation and (46) Approved Housing Bodies Lettings.
    • Among these new tenants, 85% (350 tenants) are in receipt of post-settlement housing support and 63 tenants are living independently without housing support.
  2. TENANCY PROTECTION AND SUSTAINMENT
    • The Tenancy Protection Service (TPS) has been contacted by 8,079 households in the Dublin region between June 2014 and end of March 2016.
    • Nearly half of these households 4,107 were considered to be at risk of homelessness and progressed to active case management.
    • At March 31st 2016, a total of 2,234 households (28% of all contacts) had been protected and sustained under the TPS via a rent uplift (1,914); advocacy (240) or re-housing (80).
  3. USE OF EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION
    • A total of 3,777 adults used emergency accommodation during Q 1 2016.
    • Of these, one adult in five (20%; 752) were new presentations assessed as homeless and placed in emergency accommodation. The remaining 80% (3.025) are repeat presentations.
    • The nightly placement rate into emergency accommodation for adults using the local authority placement service and the homeless freephone averaged 270 persons over the quarter.
    • Of the 2,579 beds available in emergency accommodation in Dublin on the last day of the quarter (31st March), only 2 were unoccupied.
  4. SPRING COUNT ON ROUGH SLEEPING 2016
    • The DRHE has been responsible for the delivery of rough sleeping counts in Dublin since 2007. The DRHE worked with the Central Statistics Offices (CSO) to deliver the Spring Count on the night of the national Census on April 24th-25th 2016.
    • A minimum of 102 persons are confirmed as rough sleeping in Dublin in Spring (April) 2016.
    • This is a 12% increase since Winter 2015 (when 91 persons were discovered sleeping rough). It represents a 3% reduction since Spring 2015 when 105 persons were confirmed as sleeping rough.
    • 4,262 beds were occupied on the night of the Spring count in 2016 (including adults and children). This is compared with 3,766 beds occupied on night of the Winter count, thus confirming the provision of an additional 496 beds in the past six months.
    • Of the 102 persons sleeping rough:
      • 84 were male, 16 were female and 2 were unknown
      • 64 were Irish, 17 were non-Irish and 21 were unknown
      • 20 were aged 18-30 years, 27 were aged 31-40, 15 were aged 41-50, 9 were aged 51-60, 5 were aged 61+and 26 were unknown
    • Of the 102 persons identified by count, 62 persons have accessed homeless services, 9 persons have not accessed services and the detail is unknown for 31 persons as they were bedded down and asleep during the count. The state-funded Housing First Service[2] that provides on street outreach continues to work with persons rough sleeping on a nightly basis.
    • The Merchants Quay Ireland Night Café continues in use. It provides a service for persons who do not access emergency accommodation. A substantial number of persons have progressed from rough sleeping and accessing the Night Café into accommodation, through the assertive engagement provided by the service. On the night of the Spring Count 2016, 69 persons accessed this facility.
    • Number of Persons Sleeping Rough from 2007 to 2016 (graph below outlines)
  5. DELIVERY OF RAPID BUILD HOUSING PROGRAMME
    • 22 units are currently completed by Dublin City Council in Baile na Laochra, Poppintree, Ballymun 11 and have been allocated to families.
    • Dublin City Council are working towards the further delivery 131 Rapid Build Housing Units. Work has commenced onsite in Drimnagh, Ballyfermot and Finglas in April 2016 with work commencing in Belcamp, Malahide Rd commencing July 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.

The DRHE will not be providing any further detail. For information on previous quarterly reports or counts on rough sleeping please go onto www.homelessdublin.ie

NOTES TO EDITOR

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

CORE RESPONSE SERVICES TO PERSONS WHO ARE ROUGH SLEEPING

1. Housing First Service

The state-funded Housing First Service 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.

01 671 2555 Out-of-hours 086 8139015

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 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 FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 and Housing First Intake Service Team (out-of-hours 086 8139015)

PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS FOR SINGLE PERSONS/COUPLES AND FAMILIES

1. 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:

  • Immediate guidance about rights as tenants and landlord obligations
  • 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
  • For rent supplement customers, an application for an uplift in payment[3] 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
  • 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

2. Tenant Information and Support Service

The Tenant Information and Support Service is provided by Dublin Simon Community on behalf of Dublin City Council.

The service is working to support people to remain in their homes and give people the advice and support that they need as early as possible in their local community.

The Tenant Information and Support Service will provide advice and information in the local drop-in clinics on a range of issues including:

  • Risk of loss of home
  • Rent arrears
  • The standard of rented accommodation
  • Unsuitable living arrangements
  • Difficulties managing the home
  • Housing rights

The service works across the five administrative areas of Dublin City Council and have staff based in:

  • Darndale (North Central)
  • Ballyfermot (South Central)
  • Wood Quay (Central)
  • Aungier Street (South East)
  • Finglas (North West)

CONTACT 01 635 4888 or prevention@dubsimon.ie

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

The DRHE is responsible for the delivery of rough sleeping counts in Dublin. The DRHE has developed an extensive methodological approach that is tried and tested and that has succeeded in the delivery of consecutive rough sleeper counts in Dublin each spring and winter since 2007.

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.

DRHE also advised each local authority outside Dublin on the agreed methodology and process required to ensure a common approach to enumeration is delivered across these local authorities and issued detailed guidance on same. DRHE supported these local authorities in their preparation ahead of the night of the Census

The number of persons rough sleeping will be communicated to the CSO along with base-line profile data for rough sleepers that DRHE and local authorities are able to identity and confirm e.g. age, gender, nationality.

There were over 120 volunteers and staff from homeless services involved in the count across the Dublin region including volunteers from the CSO.

  1. 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.
  2. Housing First Service is a joint service provided by the Peter Mc Verry Trust and Focus Ireland on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities and the Health Service Executive. They have responsibility for engaging with and responding to the accommodation and support needs of people sleeping rough in the Dublin region.
  3. 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.
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