Contingency Plans activated for Yellow Status Warning

The impact of severe weather can be immediately life threatening to people who are rough sleeping and it is essential to have a coordinated response in order to mitigate against the risk of exposure.  The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) has coordinated and implemented contingency plans that will operate for the duration of the Yellow Status Warning.  These include:

  • 100+ emergency placements specifically targeted at people sleeping rough, these can be accessed through our Central Placement Service in Parkgate Hall which is open to provide information and assistance.  These placements are provided in facilities across Dublin by the Salvation Army, Peter McVerry Trust, Crosscare, Depaul, Dublin Simon, Private Emergency Operators & Merchants Quay Ireland
  • All the main service providers have agreed to keep accommodation open for 24 hours period including utilising communal spaces for supplementary shelter
  • Fingal, South Dublin and DunLaoghaire Rathdown County Councils have arranged for additional accommodation to be provided
  • Dublin City Council is providing an additional overflow facility at a City Centre Sports Centre which will be managed by Peter McVerry Trust
  • We have contacted all Private Emergency Accommodation Providers who will remain open and accessible during the Yellow Status Warning period
  • Enhanced day services will also be operating

We are asking the public if they come across people sleeping rough to please report to: http://www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper

We are in contact with all service providers, days services, drop in centres and outreach teams to inform them what enhanced services are available for service users.  We will continue to use @homelessdublin for further updates as required.

We are confident that there will be sufficient additional emergency spaces for anyone that seeks shelter.  The DRHE funded Housing First outreach teams (Focus Ireland & Peter McVerry Trust) are operating throughout the day to engage with people at risk of rough sleeping and provide them with shelter.  We are extremely grateful for the ongoing cooperation and assistance from our partners in the charity sector including the many service providers and all those involved in the voluntary sector

ENDS

For further information, please contact Bevin Herbert, DRHE, (01) 222 6298 M: 086 822 7447  email: bevin.herbert@dublincity.ie

Notes to the 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.

 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 and Housing First Intake Service Team.

 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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