As the weather temperatures have dropped this week, just an important reminder to ensure that you are aware that the Cold Weather Initiative (CWI) was put in place on November 1st 2013 and will run until the end of March 2014. The CWI provides dedicated additional beds across homeless services that are accessed by the Regional Contact and Outreach Service (RCOS), Central Placement Service and the Homeless Freephone in Dublin.
This initiative provides an emergency humanitarian response to the needs of persons who may be sleeping rough during the cold weather and seeks to provide people who may be rough sleeping with immediate access to accommodation in cold weather and to prevent significant harm to individuals, which can result from very cold temperatures. It seeks, in as far as possible to provide opportunities to end rough sleeping, by promoting active engagement with persons who are rough sleeping in assisting them to identify appropriate housing options.
The CWI focuses on three core areas:
The CWI aims to support individuals who may not access the current range of services including persons who tend not to engage with homeless accommodation services or the outreach team, persons who may be ineligible in terms of social welfare and find themselves in very vulnerable situations and without accommodation.
This initiative is monitored on a daily basis by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and other relevant services involved in its provision, including daily monitoring of the number of beds available and the weather temperature system.
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