Press Release 15.10.2018 | Depaulcharity

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Press Release 15.10.2018

October 11th, 2018

Depaul launches Annual Report and calls for a move away from Emergency Accommodation to more permanent solutions

Homelessness charity launches 2017 Annual Report with figures showing they helped 3,961 men, women and children 

Monday, 15th October. Homeless charity Depaul today released its 2017 Annual Report detailing a number of key trends in the fight against homelessness. The report was launched among staff and volunteers in Little Britain Street, a 89 bed emergency accommodation hostel. 

In 2017, Depaul…

  • Supported 3,961 people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Expanded our Little Britain Street hostel to 89 beds, bringing an additional 45 Supported Temporary Stay beds.
  • Provided 2,541 Health Interventions, 1,217 GP consultations and 1,334 nursing consultations.
  • Provided 3,338 Assertive Engagement meetings with Service Users.
  • Took over managment of the largest emergency hostel in the State, 101 bed Brú Aimsire.
  • Saw 19 babies broen to women in Depaul accommodation services (ROI + NI).
  • Administered Naloxone, a life-saving overdose antidote to save 24 lives.

In 2017, Depaul, in keeping with it's Vision, Mission and Values, took over management of Brú Aimsire, a 101 bed emergency accommodation hostel. This meant that in 2017 the number of emergency beds provided by Depaul almost doubled to 200 in a 12 month period. 

Depaul also witnessed a large increase in families accessing its services in both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. A total of 473 families were helped throughout 2017, Depaul's Dublin based services saw an increase of 60% in the number of families it supported while in Northern Ireland Depaul helped a total of 215 families with 367 children. An increase of 27% on the previous year.

Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul Ireland commented;

“IN 2017 Depaul helped 3,961 people across the island of Ireland, in what was another extremely difficult year for those experiencing homelessness. The crisis continues and that core group of over 2,000 single adultsin Dublin is still very much struggling with the current system. Thhis is a core group that need help and support.

Kerry went on to say;

“Just a year ago, I stood here in this exact hostel, Little Britain Street and asked that we do better for homeless people than a one-night only, parital access hostel. I am delighted to say that we are transitioning to full 24 hour service and over the past year we have increased bed capacity whilst at the same time providing 45 Supported Temporary Stay beds. We are also happy to see the recent announcement around the further role out of Housing First by Government and we hope to be at the forefront of its implementation."

ENDS

  Notes to Editor

  • Depaul service users in 2017 included a total of 3,109 adults and 330 families with 511 children.
  • In 2016 Depaul provided 2,541 health interventions, 1,217 GP consultations and 1,334 nursing consultations.
  • 463 volunteers gave their time to the organisation in 2017.
  • Depaul employed 413 members of staff during 20167
  • Depaul is a charity working in homelessness and homelessness prevention in ROI and NI, providing services in emergency hostels, supported temporary accommodation, family services, floating support, community outreach, detox and rehabilitation, transitionary, specialised services for young people and low threshold hostels for entrenched drug and alcohol addicts and street drinkers.

For further reference contact:

Seán Ellis, Depaul Media Communications Officer

sean.ellis@depaulcharity.net
t. +35314537111 | m. +35386 383 2198

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