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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# drhe

This month
March 2023
# drhe
Dublin Regional Homeless Executive increases emergency bed capacity amid cold spell
‘Homeless organisations and local authorities work really well’ during cold weather emergencies, said the Executive Director of the Simon Communities.
Last year
# Cold Snap
Outreach groups 'doing all they can' so rough sleepers take up emergency accommodation
‘For a whole variety of reasons they may not trust services, they may not trust workers at those services.’
# Homelessness
Number of people sleeping rough in Dublin down 27% on same time last year
Figures recorded by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that 91 people were sleeping rough in Dublin from 28 March to 3 April.
All time
# Dublin
Complaints from people staying in Dublin homeless hostels jump from 34 in 2020 to 122 in 2021
The complaints related to drug use in the facilities, alleged bullying and blood stains on bed sheets.
The complaints related to drug use, alleged bullying and conditions in the facilities, Órla Ryan reports
A number of people reported being harassed or attacked by other residents
One person said the bed covers in their hostel were "covered in blood"
Opinion: Steps were taken to reduce homelessness during Covid - we shouldn't lose momentum
# soup runs
Dublin's homelessness authority to crack down on 'unofficial' services after ICHH scandal
However, volunteers say hundreds of people could go without food if certain services are shut down.
Brendan Kenny says there is "currently no vetting on many people who are actually interacting directly with homeless people"
Volunteers say hundreds of people could go without food if certain services are shut down, Órla Ryan reports
"We don't want to be a charity or a business. We're volunteers, we just want to feed the people who need us and go home"
Dublin's homelessness authority wants ICHH to be wound up 'as soon as possible'
Garda Commissioner says vetting for homelessness staff to be reviewed
# Homelessness
Social disadvantage and addiction are primary reasons for high mortality rate among Ireland's homeless
A new report from Dublin County Council found that there is a higher mortality rate among single homeless people.
# Homelessness
38 deaths in homeless services in first three months of this year
North Inner City Councillor Anthony Flynn said the report on the 79 deaths in Dublin last year needs to be published urgently.
# rough sleepers
Over 130 people located by council's rough sleeper app four months since launch
The Mendicity Institute believes the app cuts rough sleepers out of the conversation
# Vaccines
Homeless people in Dublin to start getting Covid-19 vaccines next week
The HSE plans to begin administering at a facility in Dublin city centre on Monday.
The HSE plans to begin administering at a facility in Dublin city centre on Monday.
The initial rollout will target single people living in hostels across the city.
There is an estimated 3,000 homeless people in Dublin city in addition to 700 families living in hotels.
# Homelessness
24 families being moved out of emergency accommodation at former Regency for 'operational reasons'
The former Regency Hotel – now The Bonnington Hotel – has been used since at least 2014 for housing homeless families.
# day services
Homeless providers say an 'excess' of food services in Dublin 'undermines' their work
The review examined statutory-funded day services for Dublin’s homeless population.
# Homelessness
'Truly shocking': Call for better mental health supports as 31 homeless people die in Dublin this year
Since the beginning of July, 10 homeless people have died in the capital.
# Homelessness
19 Dublin hotels received over €1 million each for accommodating homeless people in 2019
One hotel received payments between €4 million and €5 million.
# Homelessness
No checks made to inside of tent where man was seriously injured during 'hazard removal'
The man was sleeping in his tent when it was being removed in an attempt to tidy the canal walk way.
# mendicity institution
Dublin's winter plan for rough sleepers 'doesn't go far enough', says CEO of city's oldest charity
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive activated its Cold Weather Strategy last month.
# Dublin
Cockroaches, mould and aggressive staff: Documents convey reality of life in homeless accommodation
New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.
# bru aimsir
Major homeless hostel in Dublin city centre is set to close down
The hostel currently provides beds for around 100 people.
# Homelessness
15 Dublin hotels received over €1 million each for accommodating homeless people in 2018
Dublin City Council is budgeting to spend €154.42m on homeless services this year.
# Homelessness
Fr Peter McVerry says council told him homeless man would have to 'come and get a sleeping bag'
DRHE director Eileen Gleeson said earlier this week that there was no shortage of beds and no need for anyone to sleep rough.
# Homeless
'Clearly isn't true': Dispute over claims there are enough beds for rough sleepers during cold snap
Mary Lou McDonald told the Dáil there were 86 people without a bed last night, but the DRHE said there was no shortage.
# Housing First
Government offer €16.4m contract to provide houses and services to 575 long-term homeless people
Another €3 million funding from the DRHE will go towards an outreach service for rough sleepers in the capital.
# incentivise
Local authorities offering letting agents €500 fee to house tenants under Hap scheme
It has been well documented that Hap recipients can find it difficult to source accommodation.
# Complaints
Homeless accommodation: Staff complaints detail racial abuse, drug use, threatening behaviour
New documents reveal complaints by staff in emergency accommodation to the homeless providers in Dublin.
# Homeless
Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation
New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.
# Papal Visit
Homeless families in hotels and B&Bs 'will not be adversely affected' during papal visit
Concerns have been raised in recent weeks over the provision of accommodation for homeless people during the papal visit.
# Margaret Cash
Family who spent night in garda station offered three-bedroom apartment on trial basis
Margaret Cash and six of her children spent the night in Tallaght Garda Station last week.
# Homelessness
'A communications strategy': Report criticised for recommending a stop to monthly homeless figures
Focus Ireland has said that two new reports on homelessness ware flawed.
# Reports
Government report says offers of social housing rejected
Homeless charities have reacted by saying ‘attack homelessness not homeless people’.
# Dublin
Families who remain homeless for over 12 months far more likely to secure social housing
Dublin has about 77% of all homeless families in Ireland.
# the right direction
Record decrease in number of rough sleepers in Dublin in past six months
The numbers of people sleeping rough on the city’s streets dropped by just over 40% in the past six months.
# Homelessness
'It was filthy, absolutely filthy': Homeless family 'bitten by bed bugs' in hotel room
Sandra* currently lives with her two sons (ages eight and 11) in a hotel in Dublin.
# lynams
A new homeless family hub run by a private company is set to open in Dublin next week
After months of delays, Lynam’s Hotel in Dublin is due to open this week as a family hub.
# Homelessness
The number of homeless families staying in hotels in Dublin has shot up once again
The figures had been dropping, but November shows an increase in families staying in hotels.
# Homelessness
Alternative accommodation secured for almost all homeless families staying in the Gresham Hotel
Last week it emerged that 14 homeless families who had been staying at the Gresham in Dublin city centre had been told they had to leave by the end of the month.
# Homelessness
'Nowhere is taking anybody': Concern among homeless families asked to leave Gresham Hotel by the end of the month
670 people were in hotel accommodation at the end of November.
# Homeless
Concerns raised for 14 homeless families told to leave Gresham Hotel by the end of the month
The Gresham has previously been paid by Dublin City Council to temporarily accommodate homeless families over the past number of years.
# crisis
Over 200 inspections at homeless hotels and B&Bs following complaints
Homeless services say the inspections are welcome, but the government’s main focus should be on ensuring families are not living long-term in hotels and B&Bs.
# Housing Crisis
Guns, drunken melees, and pest infestations - living in emergency accommodation in Dublin is no joke
Three months’ worth of complaints to the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive suggest conditions in the capital’s emergency accommodation are fraught.
# Housing First
The man who pioneered a solution to homelessness: Give people homes
Dr Sam Tsemberis is the pioneer of housing first – which takes rough sleepers of the streets and gives them homes.
# jack watson
Tributes paid to 'gentle, lovely' man who died on Suffolk Street
Stephen “Jack” Watson had been sleeping rough on Suffolk Street in the south inner city.