Dublin Region Homeless Executive Activates Cold Weather Strategy 2018

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has responsibility for co-ordinating responses to homelessness on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities.  In order to meet the increase in demand for homeless services and have the appropriate contingency plans in place for cold weather conditions, the DRHE is now activating the Cold Weather Strategy for 2018 for the Dublin Region.    

The impact of severe weather can be immediately life threatening to people who are sleeping rough and it is essential to have a coordinated response plan in place for the duration of the cold weather period. 

In tandem with the launch of the Cold Weather Strategy, the DRHE is leading and resourcing the introduction of additional bed capacity and support services, in partnership with a range of charitable organisations funded by the DRHE.  The approach is twofold, current emergency accommodation capacity is being expanded to meet demand and we will also provide a targeted response to engage with people who are long-term rough sleeping and people who may not be in regular contact with services.

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 period in order to mitigate against the health risks that people can be exposed to, through rough sleeping in cold weather conditions.  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 7.00am – 1.00am every day. The Intake Team will increase their staffing for the cold weather period, to enable broader engagement with persons sleeping rough across the Dublin Region.  The Housing First transport facility is available to assist in supporting vulnerable people sleeping rough to access accommodation;
  • Additional beds and units will be brought into use across a range of existing services and facilities for singles, couples and families;
  • 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 Gardaí, Housing First, Central Placement Service and the HSE with a view to improving outcomes for people that may be sleeping rough.
Provision of additional accommodation options
  • 203 additional permanent beds for singles / couples are becoming operational on a phased basis, the majority of which will be in use by the end of December 2018;
  • 130 temporary contingency beds are currently coming in to use across a range of existing services for the duration of the cold weather period.


Additional permanent capacity for singles and couples





Dublin 2



Dec 18

Dublin 4



Dec 18

DLR Co. Co.



Nov 18


PMVT & other operator TBC


Dec 18




Dec 18

Co. Kildare (phased opening)



Nov & Dec 18






Cold weather contingency beds for singles and couples





Various Locations




Dublin 8



Nov 18

Wolfe Tone Quay, D. 7



Nov 18





For further information, please contact: 

Bevin Herbert, Communications Section, DRHE: bevin.herbert@dublincity.ie, M: 086 822 7447

Notes to the Editor

General Information – Access to Services

If an individual / family is presenting as homeless for the first time in Dublin, their respective Local Authority will carry out a comprehensive assessment.

  • Dublin City Council - The Central Placement Service is available during the day in Parkgate Hall, 6-9 Conyngham Road, Dublin 8 from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday for individuals and families presenting as homeless in the Dublin City Council area. FREEPHONE: 1800 707 707 Monday to Friday 2.00pm – 4.00pm (Dublin City Council only)  Email: homelesscps@dublincity.ie
  • Fingal County Council - Homeless Section, Civic Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.  Open Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 12.30pm. Telephone: 01 890 5090 Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 4.30pm. Email: homeless@fingalcoco.ie
  • South Dublin County Council Homeless Section - County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Open Monday-Friday: 10.00am – 12.00pm. Telephone: 01 414 9364 Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm. Email: sdcchomeless@sdublincoco.ie
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Homeless Section - County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire. Open Monday-Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm. Telephone: 01 205 4804 Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm. Email: homeless@dlrcoco.ie
  • For access to emergency accommodation out of hours contact Homeless FREEPHONE 1800 707 707, Monday to Friday 4.30pm to 2.00am Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 2.00am
  • Housing First Intake Service – 086 813 9015
  • Tenancy Protection Service – 1800 454 454

If you see anyone sleeping rough in the Dublin Region, please notify us at  www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper

Dublin Region Homeless Executive - Support Services

Service Name

Opening Hours


Tel no

Services Offered


St. Brigid’s Food Centre

Mon – Fri:  12 – 2pm


Closed Saturday and Sundays & bank holidays

Holles Row


Dublin 2





Crosscare, Community Cafe

Mon – Fri:- 12 – 2pm

Eblana Ave, Dun Laoghaire,  Co. Dublin




Focus Ireland Coffee Shop

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri   11am - 3.30pm


Wed:           11.30am – 3.30pm


Sat & Sun:  11.30am – 3pm

15 Eustace Street


Dublin 2



Advice & Information




Low Cost


St. Joseph’s Penny Dinners

Mon-Fri:      12noon – 1.30pm


Closed weekends

67 Avondale House, Nth Cumberland St Dublin 1




€1 optional

St Agatha’s Food Centre

Mon – Fri     12-2pm

35 Portland Row, D1





Capuchin Day Centre

Mon – Sat    7am - 11.30am;


1pm -3.30pm (School days) (Holidays

till 3pm)


 Closed Sundays 

Bow St, Dublin 7


Medical Services



No charge

Missionaries of Charity

Sundays (only)  3pm – 5pm

223 South Circular Rd


Dublin 8



No Charge

Mendicity Institution Trust

Mon-Fri:   9am - 9.30am


10.30am - 1pm (Lunch)


Sat: (Brunch) 10am - 11am

Island St, Dublin 8


Food, Advice & Information


East European speakers on staff

No charge


Merchants Quay Ireland


Mon - Fri:   8am - 9.30am  breakfast

Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri:  9.30am-12.30pm - contacts and advocacy


Closed Thursdays between 9.30am -1.45pm for staff training.


open every afternoon 1.45-5.00pm


Sundays:  8am - 9.30am breakfast;


11am - 1pm dinner service

Riverbank, Dublin 8


Food & Showers


Advocacy, advice and information


Medical Services

No Charge

Extended Day Service

Mon – Fri    5.30pm – 8.15pm b/h

13-14 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

5240927/ 5240924



Harm Reduction

No Charge

Guild of the Little Flower

Breakfast – 9am to


10.30amLunch/Dinner – 12 noon to

1.15pm (Doors open at


Laundry – 9am to 2PM.

11 Meath Street,

Dublin 8

453 6621

Laundry Service for a fee

Low Cost

Dublin Simon Soup Run

365 days   7.30 - 9.30pm

City Centre: Not specific address- mobile service

089 418 074 089 446105 8720185




First opening hours: 

Capuchin Day Centre:  Mon – Sat:  7am - 11.30am

Merchants Quay Ireland: Sundays:  8am - 9.30am