Press Release 22.11.2017 | Depaulcharity

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Press Release 22.11.2017

November 22nd, 2017

Homelessness Charity Depaul Comments on Rough Sleeper Count of 184

Greater focus on Assertive Engagement needed

Wednesday, 22nd November. Today Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy announced that there are 184 people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin. This is an increase of nearly 30% year on year. This time last year, Depaul had 102 emergency beds in its services across Dublin. Today, the organisation has 198 beds as well as two emergency family rooms, every one of these beds is filled each night, demand is constant and increasing.

Single homeless adults are Depaul’s largest cohort of service users, the organisation engages with those of the homeless population with the most complex issues and in most need of help in engaging with services, as is the case with rough sleepers and those availing of emergency hostel accommodation. A total of 112 of Depaul’s 198 emergency beds are Assertive Engagement, an initiative whereby the service user is given support in taking steps to move on from sleeping rough and in emergency accommodation.

Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony commented on the Rough Sleeper Count;

“These latest Rough Sleeper numbers are extremely worrying, just a couple of months ago I stood in Little Britain Street emergency hostel for the launch of our annual report and called on Government to provide more accommodation, move-on options and Assertive Engagement for singles. In order to do valuable work in moving people on from the one night only system and sleeping rough there needs to be a focus on Assertive Engagement so people on the edges of society can begin building relationships and trust with support and services. When people come to the door of our hostels, we must do meaningful work to help them move on from homelessness.

I want Minister Murphy to succeed and for Rebuilding Ireland to be implemented with expediency and commitment. Homelessness is a complex issue and needs a consistent, holistic approach. While these Rough Sleeper figures are cause for concern, it is essential that we remain committed to Rebuilding Ireland and that policy makers take heed of the recommendations of voluntary organisations like Depaul in order to make progress.”


A Depaul spokesperson is available for comment by request.

For further reference contact:

Depaul Media Communications 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 has 15 homeless services across Dublin working 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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