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 4,098 adults accommodated in emergency accommodation during the last quarter of 2016. Of these, 14%; 567 were new presentations assessed as homeless and placed in emergency accommodation. The remaining 86% (3,531) were repeat or existing service users. At the end of the quarter, a total of 1,028 families comprising 1,382 adults with 2,096 dependent children were residing in emergency accommodation.
The total number of adults who moved to tenancies in the last quarter of 2016 was 597. Between January 1st - 31s December 2016, there was a total of of 1,833 adults who moved to housing. This is a 73% increase on 2015 and 131% increase on 2014 and 2013. The significant majority (95%) moved to some form of social housing option with 772 adults in social tenancies and 974 adults in HAP tenancies over the year. Private rented tenancies accommodated 87 adults over the same time.
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.
We carry out rough sleeper counts in April and November of each year. There were 142 persons confirmed sleeping rough on the night of the most recent count in Winter 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 Dublin 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.
The current Housing First Team has a target of 100 tenacies by 2017. Currently there are 68 individuals in Housing First tenancies. This target has now been revised to up to 300 tenacies under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. Given that the number of persons who predominantly rough sleep and do not use emergency accommodation is low, Dublin's Housing First Service will be extended to identify persons also accessing emergency accommodation who have high support needs and who are suitable for Housing First supports.
The Dublin 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 April 2017. If you would like to volunteer to take part in the count please contact email@example.com