Delivery of over 200 Permanent Emergency BedsPosted December 18th, 2017
The Taoiseach and I have said on a number of occasions that no individual should have to sleep on our streets or be without shelter at any time of the year, but especially at this time of the year.
This Christmas, there will be over 200 additional permanent emergency beds, with wrap around medical and other required supports in place for those who unfortunately are homeless and need our help.
This morning we visited some of the new emergency accommodation in Dublin 2.
At the Housing Summit, which was held earlier this year, I emphasised to all local authorities and to our partners in the voluntary sector, the need to have enough permanent emergency beds and appropriate facilities in the system for every individual who wants to access those beds each night. Against this background, I instructed them to ensure that enough permanent emergency beds be delivered in 2017, for the present number of rough sleepers and also requested that they allow for any emerging needs or unforeseen additional requirements that may arise.
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