Press Release 20.12.2017
December 20th, 2017
Depaul Emergency One Night Only Hostels to Stay Open 24 Hrs for Christmas
Homelessness charity calls for end to night time accommodation and to increase number of 6 month beds
Wednesday, 20th December. Homelessness charity Depaul will be keeping its emergency ‘One Night Only’ hostels open 24hrs for Christmas. Without this special provision, homeless people depending on these services would be out on the streets on Christmas Day from 10am in the morning until 6:30pm in the evening. This has been made possible through special funding from DCC. Depaul has four emergency hostels in Dublin and a total of 200 emergency beds.
Emergency one night only hostels are partial access, meaning service users must leave the premises in the morning, often with nowhere to go until late in the evening when they can again access hostel services. People struggling in homelessness are at the mercy of the cold and wet Irish winter during these hours. There are no exceptions for those who are unwell, or even pregnant. The reason for this is allocation of funding.
Depaul calls on policymakers to make it a priority to end ‘partial access’ and make provisions for services to be open 24 hours year round, or at the very least, to extend hours significantly. Additionally, the charity calls for a move away from increasing the numbers of ‘One Night Only’ beds as a response to the crisis and to instead focus on providing more Supported Temporary Stay (6 month beds) so that real work gone be done in helping people to move on from homelessness.
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony said;
“Whilst I am glad that we are able to facilitate Christmas for our service users, it really brings to light the importance of re-assessing partial access services. Homelessness should be no more than a moment in time, we need to engage with people in order to move them on from homelessness and this is difficult to do in a one night only system. We need to move away from a policy of increasing bed numbers of ‘One Night Onlys’ and instead provide more STA 6 month beds”
On Christmas Day, service users of Brú Aimsir, Little Britain Street, Blessington Street and Mount Brown emergency hostels will have a Christmas dinner and will receive a Christmas present as a result of the ‘Presents for All” Depaul campaign.
Depaul has 15 services across Dublin for people struggling in homelessness and over 25 services across ROI and NI. On Christmas Day, Depaul will have more than 450 people staying in its Dublin services and will be helping many more through outreach.
For further reference contact;
Depaul Media Officer Sinéad Healy
01 453 7111, 086 383 2198
Notes to Editor
· Depaul is a cross border charity working in homelessness and homelessness prevention across Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Newry and Dungannon.
· Depaul Ireland has over 25 services, 15 of which are across Dublin. Depaul homeless services work with families, people struggling with addiction, women leaving the criminal justice system, migrants and rough sleepers.
· In 2016 alone, Depaul helped 3,620 people struggling in homelessness across ROI and NI.
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