DRHE issues appeal for Landlords and Property Owners
Published on 28th January 2021
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) would like to announce that it is seeking property in the Dublin area.
We are interested in talking to Landlords and Property Owners about properties that can be used as Family Hubs or Hostels for Single Persons.
Interested parties should contact the DRHE at [email protected]
The DRHE is responsible for the planning, co-ordination and administration of funding in relation to the provision of quality services to people who are homeless in the Dublin area, and for the development of responses to prevent homelessness. We work in partnership with a range of voluntary and statutory agencies.
From the beginning of 2020, national data has been showing a significant and welcome reduction in the number of people (in particular families) that are residing in emergency accommodation throughout the country. While the reduction in numbers is of course very welcome, we fully accept that there are still far too many families in emergency accommodation, including hotels, and we are very conscious of the challenge that still exists on family homelessness in the Dublin area.
We acknowledge that a key part in addressing homelessness is the delivery of new social housing and along with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage we are committed to social homes being delivered through build, acquisition and leasing programmes.
Notes to the Editor:
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 Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
A property team in the DRHE are tasked with sourcing new emergency accommodation throughout Dublin City and Region. This can be difficult in light of the strong opposition that almost inevitably arises from local residents and businesses to the implementation of such facilities. We are regularly in contact with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage regarding funding for acquiring new properties.
At the end of November (the most recent period for which figures are available), there were 204 families residing in hotels. This is the lowest number of families in hotels since April 2015. The highest ever figure was in March 2017 when it reached 871.