Dublin Region Homeless Executive confirms the official winter Rough Sleeping Count at 138 persons across the Dublin region

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and Dublin City Council (DCC) confirmed today that the official spring count on rough sleeping identified a minimum of 138 persons sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the night of April 4th and into the morning of 5th April.

Spring Count 2017

The DRHE has been responsible for the delivery of rough sleeping counts in Dublin since 2007.

Of the 138 persons discovered sleeping rough:

  • 85 persons had previously accessed homeless services , 7 persons had not accessed such services, and of the remaining 46 there was insufficient details available to ascertain whether they had accessed this service;
  • 85 persons were Irish nationals, 13 were non-Irish nationals, and the nationality of 40 individuals could not be identified on the night.
  • 72% of persons were discovered in Dublin City (North and South), and the remaining 28% were found outside Dublin City, in Fingal , South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire.
  • 57persons accessed the Night Café operated by Merchant’s Quay Ireland, on the night of the count. This service provides a core response to persons who are rough sleeping and makes onward referrals to accommodation and support services including; health, addiction and social services.
  • 186 placements were made through the Homeless Freephone and Dublin’s Housing First on the night of the count.

An additional and unique group of non-nationals were also encountered on the night of the count in the City Centre. These individuals arrived in Dublin in recent weeks from Romania seeking or having been promised employment.

The Housing Intake team under the aegis of the DRHE have worked consistently with this group of individuals over recent days and over half of them have now been successfully repatriated.

Use of emergency accommodation
In January 2017, DRHE and DCC received a to further increase emergency bed capacity in the city by at least 100 and we are working on several different projects with a total capacity of well over 150 additional emergency spaces. We are confident of achieving all this over the coming months with a strong commitment for funding and other supports from Government. In 2016 Dublin City Council housed 150 single persons in DCC rented accommodation and 42 in the first quarter of 2017.

The Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness (Rebuilding Ireland) provides a strong strategy and resources to tackle this issue through a major increase in the supply of homes over the coming years.

The Housing First Programme operated by the Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Housing on behalf of and funded by the DRHE and DCC continues to work with rough sleepers and those single adults in emergency accommodation with a view to providing them with permanent accommodation and our target is to source up to 300 homes this year specifically for these persons.


Core responses to persons who are rough sleeping
1.        Dublin’s Housing First Service
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.
01 671 2555         Out-of-hours 086 8139015
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 FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 and Housing First Intake Service Team (out-of-hours 086 8139015)
Further links:

  1. Number of Persons Rough Sleeping 2007 to 2017 - http://www.homelessdublin.ie/about-rough-sleeping
  2. 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