Press Release 01.12.2016
December 1st, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Depaul will Manage New 67-Bed Emergency Hostel in Dublin this Winter
The emergency night service will open in December and provide 67 beds for people at risk of sleeping rough in Dublin.
Depaul, a charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, will manage a new emergency night service on Little Britain Street in Dublin. The service will open in December and will provide 67 beds for men and women who are at risk of sleeping rough in Dublin. These beds will form part of the additional 230 beds announced by the Dublin City Council and Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) to accommodate people who are homeless in Dublin this winter. The breakdown of the Depaul-run service will be:
- 40 beds for single men
- 12 beds for single women
- 5 beds for couples
- 5 'high dependency' beds for men and women with high support needs
The service will run from 6:30pm every day and will accept referrals from the Central Placement Service which is managed by Dublin City Council’s Homeless Services Section. The service will be closed from 10:00am-6:30pm. People using the hostel will have access to a light meal in the evenings, breakfast in the mornings, showers and limited laundry facilities. There will be on-site health supports, and trained volunteers will deliver social and recreational activities including photography, music, art, etc.
Ms. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, says: “We look forward to managing this new service providing emergency accommodation and supports for men and women experiencing street homelessness. These additional beds are absolutely essential to ensure the safety of people who are at risk of sleeping rough in Dublin. The Rough Sleeper Count released by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive shows that there were 142 people sleeping rough on one night in Dublin, plus another 77 people using the Merchants Quay Night Café. The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has increased by an alarming 56% since last winter, when there were 91 people on the streets. This is by any metric a tragic situation and these beds are a vital emergency response.”
Ms. Anthony continues: “It is Depaul’s aim that our new service is not only a roof over a person’s head, but that every person who enters the service will be helped to access supports and take steps to move away from homelessness. This Assertive Engagement approach will help us to ensure that homelessness is only ever a temporary condition for those experiencing it. However, we urgently need new housing to be brought on board in order to achieve this goal. We urge the Government to accelerate its efforts to stimulate the provision of social and affordable housing in Ireland as, without bricks and mortar, it will be impossible to lessen the number of people coming through our doors.”
Ms. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, is available for interviews on request.
For further information, please contact:
Fundraising and Media Coordinator
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Depaul supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Operating across the island of Ireland, Depaul provides accommodation and vital services to those most in need including: families, single people, people with acute addictions, migrants, people with mental health issues and women leaving the criminal justice system.
Depaul was established in 2002 and manages over 20 specialised services in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and provides accommodation for over 400 people each night. In 2015 alone, the organisation supported over 4,000 people.
For further information, visit https://ni.depaulcharity.org/.
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