We are responsible for the enumeration of people who are homeless in Dublin. In order to accurately establish the total number of persons accessing homeless accommodation in the Dublin Region, we established the Pathway Accommodation and Support System (PASS) in 2008. This is an online system that is accessed by the majority of homeless services in Dublin. The system provides 'real-time' information on homeless presentation and bed occupancy across the Dublin region.
There were 4,006 adults accommodated in emergency accommodation during the third quarter of 2016. This is the largest number of adults accommodated in a quarter to date. Of these, one adult in six (17%; 668) were new presentations assessed as homeless and placed in emergency accommodation. The remaining 83% (3,338) were repeat or existing service users. Capacity has increased each quarter to accommodate additional demand for emergency accommodation. The number of adults with children has increased from 939 in December 2015 to 1,357 in September 2016 while the number of adults without accompanying children has remained in the region of 1,600 for the previous three quarters.
The total number of adults who moved to tenancies in the third quarter of 2016 was 411. The adult moves to tenancies are in line with the previous two quarters of 2016, yielding a total figure of 1,236 adults taking up tenancies between January 1st and September 30th 2016. This figure exceeds the total number of moves in any previous year. The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) for homeless persons accounted for the majority of moves (62%) with other forms of social housing (Local Authority, Long-term Support and Approved Housing Body) accounting for 35% of tenancies and private rented accommodation dropping to a record low of 3%.
The last national assessment of persons who are homeless took place in April 2016 in partnership with the Central Statistics Office. This is the second time that homelessness has been included in the census. A special census report was published in September 2012 on Homeless Persons in Ireland (Census 2011) The total figure is 3,808. The figure for Dublin was 2,375. See a copy of the full report.
In Ireland, local authorities must assess the numbers of people who are homeless in their functional area at least every three years, as part of the more general Assessment of Housing Need. These assessments have been based on administrative data held by local authorities and on information supplied by voluntary bodies and the Health Service Executive.
We publish the the number of persons who are homeless in the Dublin Region yearly. This figure is reconciled through the combined analysis of data from the online accommodation management system, PASS (Pathway Accommodation Support System), local authority data collected as part of the triennial housing needs assessment and data collected during the Rough Sleeper Count. The most recent figure for 2013 is 2,867.
We are due to publish 2014 and 2015 shortly.
The Implementation Plan on the State’s Response to Homelessness, published in May 2014 sets out a range of measures to secure a ring-fenced supply of accommodation to house homeless households by the end of 2016 and mobilise the necessary supports. Its implementation is being overseen by a Homelessness Policy Implementation Team drawn from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Social Protection, HSE and housing authorities, and who are reporting to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Sector Reform on a quarterly basis. The Plan contains 80 actions that are direct, immediate and solutions based and which will contribute to the delivery of a ring-fenced supply of 2,700 units of accommodation between 2014 and the end of 2016.
We carry out rough sleeper counts in April and November of each year. There were 102 persons confirmed sleeping rough on the night of the most recent count in Spring 2016. Please click here for the most recent infograph.
We recognise that a single count only tells part of the picture; rough sleeping is a dynamic situation whereby people can spend long periods sleeping rough or on a sporadic basis. Government policy is a housing led response to homelessness and we are continuing to concentrate our efforts to eliminate rough sleeping through the provision of supported temporary accommodation, an assertive regional contact and outreach approach and the Dublin Housing First Demonstration Project.
The Housing First Intake Team engage with all individuals that are sleeping rough. This service is operated by Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland. The service will contact those rough sleeping, as often as possible with the specific goal of moving people into accommodation through the Dublin City Council Central Placement Service (CPS) and Assessment and Placement services across the Dublin region. Whilst in accommodation, staff will adopt a case management approach and engage with the person to identify supports that may need to be put in place. For more information please contact email@example.com
The Housing First Intensive Case Management Team (ICM) addresses the needs of people who are entrenched rough sleepers in the Dublin Region. This project is the first of its kind here in Ireland and targets individuals who have been sleeping rough in Dublin for long periods. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Housing with support as required is key to addressing all forms of homelessness and whilst the major challenge facing the homeless sector continues to be access to housing provision, the Dublin Homeless Consultative Forum and Management Group is committed to National policy which is a housing led approach to resolving homelessness. This requires commitment and continuing effort and investment by all partners to be in place to ensure the range of housing options for homeless people through social and co-operative housing in addition to utilising the Private Rented Sector.
If you know someone who is rough sleeping, please contact the Housing First Intake Team on 086 813 9015 from 9am-11pm, Monday to Sunday or please let us know here http://www.homelessdublin.ie/help-someone-who-sleeping-rough
The next count on rough sleeping will take place in November 2016. If you would like to volunteer to take part in the count please contact email@example.com