The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead 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.


Standards in Emergency Accommodation across the Dublin Region

Jan 23, 2017

Standards in Emergency Accommodation across the Dublin Region


Dublin City Council, through the functions of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) are committed to ensuring that homeless services in receipt of section 10 funding are of the highest standard. We ensure compliance with all statutory health and safety standards for homeless service provision and there is a formal policy for providers of emergency accommodation in terms of standards required.


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Cold Weather Strategy prevent rough sleeping during cold weather

Jan 11, 2017

Dublin City Council, as the lead statutory authority in the Dublin Region, through the functions of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, is leading out on providing the Cold Weather Strategy (CWS) in order to provide a humanitarian response to persons who are rough sleeping and experiencing homelessness in the Dublin region during the cold weather.


The CWS aims to prevent fatalities and/or serious harm resulting from cold temperatures and it provides dedicated additional beds to the ex...

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Frontline Services for Persons who are Homeless

Dec 23, 2016

Throughout the Christmas period, the work of the four Dublin local authorities and state-funded services will continue to provide emergency accommodation and support services for 5,053 persons (comprising 2,988 adults and 2,065 dependents).

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Improvements and changes to the Homeless Freephone

Dec 16, 2016

From the  19th December 2016 Dublin City Council will be changing how the Homeless Freephone operates  in order to reduce waiting times and provide clients with real time emergency accommodation availability.


The key system changes and benefits are as follows:


  • Clients are automatically called back, immediately after calling the Freephone
  • Clients are informed of their position in the queue
  • Clients are provided with real time information i...
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Dublin City Council details emergency accommodation expansion of 230 quality beds spaces and confirms the official winter Rough Sleeping Count at 142 persons in Dublin.

Nov 30, 2016

Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) today (November 30th) released detail on new facilities to meet demand for homeless emergency accommodation and to tackle rough sleeping.


Emergency accommodation provision for adults in Dublin is being expanded by a minimum of 230 quality bed spaces from November 28th and in full by December 9th 2016.


This will increase the current bed-space capacity for ...

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Application Process Now Open for the 2017 Dublin City University “Effective Management in Homeless Services” Module

Nov 15, 2016

Applications are now being invited for the 2017 “Effective Management in Homeless Services” three month Dublin City University accredited and DRHE recommended best practice module which will enable participating managers in homeless sector services to enhance their management/ leadership practice and develop their expertise in operational supervision/support of staff engaged in assessment and support planning interventions.

The module is delivered through a mixture of lectures, workshops and se...

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2016 Budget details on Homelessness

Oct 12, 2016

Minister Simon Coveney announced the following measures in Budget 2016;


  • A 40% increase in homeless funding from €70m this year to €98m in 2017 will ensure that the increased demand for emergency homeless services is effectively addressed and will assist in supporting homeless households with long term and sustainable housing solutions.


  • The increased budget reflects the additional costs of emergency accommodation and homeless services until the housing and...
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Homeless families are moving to housing, as first significant reduction is recorded

Sep 30, 2016

In August of this year, the net increase in families experiencing homelessness in Dublin fell to just five families


The Dublin Region Homeless Executive welcome this first significant recorded reduction in the net increase. It reflects the success of Dublin’s housing-led approach to ending homelessness and confirms that families are moving to back to housing and independent living (with support as required).


The following trend data illustrates ...

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Creating tenancies and supporting rough sleepers

Sep 22, 2016

Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive[i] today welcome the commitments from Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Harris T.D. Minister for Health and Katherine Zappone T.D. Minister for Children and Youth affairs, to address homelessness with specific focus on the expansion of the Housing Assistance Payment pilot for homeless hous...

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Lewisham Borough Council, London share their success of Rapid Build Family Housing Scheme

Jul 25, 2016

Dublin City Council are hosting a presentation on Thursday 21st by Lewisham Borough Council for councillors from the four Dublin Local Authorities to demonstrate how the rapid build programme has been successful in addressing family homelessness in London. Watch recorded footage here


Lewisham Borough Council in partnership with international renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, AECOM En...

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Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing & Homelessness

Jul 20, 2016

Launch of Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, today (19 July) published “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness”, following Government approval of the comprehensive and ambitious Plan at today’s Cabinet meeting. He was joined by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe.

This Plan provides a multi-stranded, action-oriented approach to achi...

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John's Lane West

Jul 08, 2016

The John's Lane West facility is to be refurbished into 31 new housing units and Focus Ireland are being supported in being able to carry out this work.  A plan was put in place and fully implemented whereby alternative emergency beds were put in place in order to facilitate works.


  • 41 JLW beds were replaced in full with 41 alternative beds
  • All persons on rolling beds were offered rolling beds in alternative emergency accommodation in advance of closure
  • All persons...
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Priority Recommendations from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness

Jun 17, 2016

Priority Recommendations from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness (report released today 17th June)


  1. Increase the social housing stock (owned by local authorities and approved housing bodies) by at least 50,000 units (an annual average of 10,000 per year) through a programme of acquisition, refurbishment and new build.
  2. Reduce the Part 8 planning process from 8 to 6 weeks. Where there are unreasonable delays beyond the 6 weeks, emergency pow...
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Minister Coveney addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness

Jun 03, 2016

Minister Coveney addressed the Special Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness on 2nd June 2016.


The Minister has been tasked with preparing an ‘Action Plan for Housing’  and will build on the considerable work already carried out or underway and will draw on the important work carried out by the Committee. The plan will include actions to expedite and boost supply of all types of housing, including social housing, in the immediate, medium and longer-terms.  The lac...

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Minister Coveney "the homelessness situation is totally unacceptable".

May 30, 2016

The new Minister for Housing Simon Coveney discusses housing and homelessness - Sunday Business Post 29th May 2016.

[File] New Housing Minister discusses housing and homelessness

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Nobody's Listening: Giving People Experiencing Homelessness a Voice through Counselling

May 26, 2016

The Dublin Simon Community Sure Steps Counselling Service* is a specialised trauma-informed counselling service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We provide one-to-one counselling across treatment services and housing / emergency accommodation services, weekly drop-in clinics in treatment services as well as in the Mobile Health Unit, in-reach and outreach crisis intervention and a counsellor-led emotional wellbeing group programme.


Previous trauma is only one of the i...

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Supporting people to stay in their homes

May 13, 2016

The Tenant Information and Support Service works to support people to remain in their homes and give people the advice and support that they need in their local community. This service is provided by Dublin Simon Community on behalf of Dublin City Council. This service provides advice and information in the local drop-in clinics on a range of issues including:

  • Risk of loss of home
  • Rent arrears
  • Standard of rented accommodation
  • Unsuitable living arrangements
  • Difficulties managing the home
  • Housing rights

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Undergraduate Certificate Programme in Homeless Prevention and Intervention

May 11, 2016

Applications are now being invited for the next Dublin City University (DCU) School of Nursing and Human Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Programme in Homeless Prevention and Intervention for homeless key workers/case managers (and other homeless/housing and related support services staff engaging in assessment and support planning) commencing in DCU in September 2016. The closing date for receipt of applications to DCU is 5pm on Friday 10th June  2016.



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Access to Homeless Services and Move on to Tenancies Q1 2016

May 05, 2016

Please find enclosed released detail on the level of access to homeless services, move on to tenancies in the Dublin region for Q1 2016 (January to March) and official figures from the Spring (April) count on rough sleeping, which took place across the Dublin region on the night of the national Census April 24th into the morning of April 25th 2016.

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Households who are in Emergency Accommodation / Rough Sleeping Counts and Census 2016

Apr 11, 2016

Rough Sleeping Counts and Census 2016


A number of Rough Sleeping Counts will take place on the night of the Census nationally (April 24th 2016).


The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) is responsible for the delivery of rough sleeping counts in Dublin. The DRHE has developed an extensive methodological approach that is tried and tested and that has succeeded in the delivery of consecutive rough sleeper counts in Dublin each...

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