Press Release 28.02.18
February 28th, 2018
Depaul Emergency Hostels open 24hrs to keep homeless safe during Severe Weather Warning
‘Beast from the East’ puts those who rely on one night only accommodation at risk
Wednesday, 28th February. Homelessness charity Depaul has put provisions in place to keep more than 200 emergency one night only beds open 24hrs a day during the severe weather forecast for this week. Brú Aimsir, Little Britain Street, Mount Brown and Blessington Street will remain open 24 hrs until Sunday, 4th March. One Night Only hostels are usually partial access, meaning service users, generally, have to leave the hostel at 10 am and cannot regain access until 6 pm, often with nowhere to go. It is vitally important that measures are put in place during extremely cold weather to prevent vulnerable homeless people from being put at risk.
Depaul management and staff have agreed to work additional shifts and have made provisions to extend its opening hours and have put in place emergency plans ahead of the extreme weather warning so that as many people as possible can be kept inside and out of the dangerous weather conditions.
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony commented on the additional efforts needed during the severe weather warning;
“The stark homeless figures of 9,104 men, women and children announced by the Department for Housing on Tuesday are all the more worrying at times of dangerous weather conditions like the country is experiencing this week. Homeless adults that rely on emergency hostels are particularly vulnerable during severe weather, and there are now 329 more homeless adults than there were in December. Being out in such weather genuinely puts their health and wellbeing at risk. To be without a secure home during such conditions can be frightening and really brings to reality the danger of being homeless.
Depaul staff have been great to pull together and put in extra time and energy to ensure that homeless people are not left out in sub-zero conditions, I want to thank them for their extra efforts to keep the most vulnerable in Dublin safely indoors.”
To find out more about the work of Depaul in supporting the most vulnerable homeless people, visit our website at ie.depaulcharity.org or to make a donation please visit https://ie.depaulcharity.org/donate/republicofireland