EM podium Housing Summit

Reduction in Rough Sleeping

Posted April 25th, 2018

I welcome the reduction in the number of rough sleepers in Dublin. A report furnished to my Department by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) showed that there was a reduction of 74 individuals (40%) from the last count which took place in November 2017.

Last November there were 184 individuals sleeping rough and now there are 110. This reduction in people sleeping rough – in many ways our most vulnerable people who are homeless – is very welcome. It follows the dedicated and compassionate work of the DRHE working with our partner organisations to increase the services available in the Dublin Region. Still there’s more to do because we still have many people sleeping rough on our streets.

Many of those accessing homeless services have complex needs and require other supports, notably health supports, to assist them to exit our homeless services. Housing First is best international practice for getting people out of homelessness and that is why earlier this year I appointed a National Director for Housing First and increased its allocation. I want to thank Bob Jordan for the excellent work he has done so far this year. He’s delivering results and pilot programmes are also now being progressed in other parts of the country, including Cork, Limerick and Galway.

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