The Government hopes to end long-term homelessness by the end of 2016, according to Minister of State Paudie Coffey.
He was speaking before meeting more than 50 delegates involved in the sector with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to explore measures to alleviate the Dublin homelessness crisis. Fine Gael and Labour previously made a commitment to end homelessness in their Programme for Government. The term of the current Coalition will end in March 2016 at the latest.
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The government will tomorrow publish a four-year strategy to eliminate long-term homelessness against a backdrop of claims from voluntary groups that homeless people are being turned away from services due to funding shortages.
About 40 key services for homeless people which were due to come on stream this year have been shelved due to a funding freeze imposed by the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Homeless agencies in Dublin and Cork say they are turning away dozens of homeless people as a result of their emergency beds being used to capacity.
Despite the lack of funding available to develop new services, the Government is due to publish a new strategy aimed at eliminating long-term homelessness by ensuring homeless people are not in emergency accommodation, such as shelters or BBs, for longer than six months.
Plan to end homelessness to be unveiled as funding freeze bites (Irish Times , August 20, 2008) -behind paywall
The homeless summit this afternoon from left at Paudie Coffey (right), Community and Local Government, Alen Kelly TD, John McCarthy, Department General Secretary, Shirley Groarke, Principle Officer for Homelessness at Department, Annette O’Donnell, Dublin’s Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson, Lynn Glanville, and Paul Reed, Fingal Chief Executive, at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)