Back Lane hostel is a 60-bed accommodation service with a well-deserved reputation for providing good quality accommodation, food and support for homeless men in Dublin. The project is managed by Depaul in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Dublin.
The project provides direct access, emergency and short-term accommodation on a six month basis, for 60 single homeless men. In 2011/2012, thanks to the support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, considerable improvements to the building were made. This work included renovation of the reception area and the modernisation of 18 rooms to improve the standard of accommodation, making them more suitable for men who have become longer term residents.
Two rooms are fully wheelchair accessible with single bedrooms. All residents have access to bathroom and shower facilities. At Back Lane the residents also have access to a communal snooker and pool room, library and television lounge.
During their stay, all residents are appointed a keyworker to ensure they can access all the services they require and receive the appropriate support.
An individualised support plan is developed with the aim of helping each resident to address their complex support needs and move out of homelessness. The support plan covers life skills, budgeting, alcohol harm reduction, access to detox and rehabilitation, and physical and mental health support. Health support is provided by Depaul’s Clinical Nurse Manager and visiting GP services. There is also a specialist support worker who engages with people who are faced with mental health issues.
In 2015, Back Lane Hostel celebrated 100 years of supporting homeless men in Dublin City. The occasion was marked by a visit from the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins.