Tag Archives: Homeless

This morning.

Supporters and residents protest outside the Travelodge hotel, Ballymun and Ballymun Council offices.

The hotel has been used by Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) as accommodation with the contract due to end on July 15. CATU Ireland claims that families being moved out of the hotel have been offered “dangerous and unsuitable” accommodation.

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This morning.

Mary Street, Dublin 1.

732 Notices to Quit Served to Dublin Tenants Last Year, Raising Fears of Wave of Homelessness (Dublin Inquirer)

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Meanwhile…

Last night.

This morning and yesterday afternoon.

Dublin city centre.

Meanwhile…

There’s been an increase in drug relapses and loneliness among homeless people during the pandemic.

A new study from Merchants Quay Ireland’s warned that rough sleepers who are struggling with mental illness and drug use, are suffering as a result of disruption to services because of Covid.

They’ve had reduced access to toilets, been unable to wash and have found the loss of in-person counselling supports difficult.

Increase in drug relapses and loneliness among homeless community (FM104)

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Dublin city centre yesterday

This afternoon.

Further to last night’s RTÉ Investigates documentary on rough sleepers in Dublin city…

…Cian O’Callaghan writes:

“The RTÉ investigates programme exposed a homeless support system that is badly broken. We need urgent and radical reform. We cannot tolerate a situation where people are sleeping rough because they have been denied access to emergency accommodation. We have to eliminate homelessness in Ireland.

“I have been raising the issue around the use of the local connection rule with the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Housing since last November. They repeatedly sought to downplay, dismiss or deny that people were being turned away from emergency accommodation while beds lay empty. Last night’s programme categorically proves that they were wrong.

“The Government is clearly out of touch on this issue. The comments from the Minister for Housing that no-one should be denied emergency accommodation fall far short of what is needed – he must directly instruct local authorities to stop turning homeless people away.

“I have deep concerns about the conditions in private homeless hostels. There is a catalogue of failures. Some hostels have inhumane rules that state ‘Guests are not allowed to stop for a chat..’. Others are excluding people for minor infringements of unfair rules.

“Staff in some homeless hostels lack even basic training. In other cases, they are not even Garda vetted. It is not clear that these private providers are subject to the national quality standards for homeless services. Inspection reports are never published.

“The increased use of for-profit, private accommodation providers, without support services, is deeply problematic. The cost of this model of service provision is also concerning. Professor Eoin Sullivan of Trinity College has estimated that it costs €35,000-€40,000 per person to keep someone in emergency accommodation. This is shocking given the low standards. Much better value for money and much better outcomes can be achieved by providing someone with a long-term secure home of their own.

“For every day that it continues, the homelessness crisis is destroying lives. Addiction issues can start or deepen after someone becomes homeless. Life expectancy falls. Mental health issues are compounded. It does not have to be like this.

“Homelessness isn’t inevitable. It is a direct result of the decisions made by the Government. The solution to the crisis is clear – build social and affordable homes for those that need them. Re-direct the resources that are put into private providers of emergency hostels into long-term secure accommodation for people who have become homeless. Provide supports where they are needed.

“All that is required is the political will and ambition on the part of Government. I’m calling on the Government to begin by making a clear commitment to eliminate homelessness in Ireland.”

Cian O’Callaghan  is the Social Democrats Housing spokesperson and a TD for Dublin Bay North.

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Yesterday: Out In The Cold

Johnstown Park, Dublin this morning

This afternoon.

Minus 9!

15.8 in old money.

Meanwhile…

This afternoon.

A poster for Merchant’s Quay Ireland homeless and drugs services in Dublin.

Temperatures could plummet to -7C tonight (RTÉ)

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This morning/afternoon

An awareness campaign launched by Homeless charity Depaul to highlight the ‘need to protect those experiencing homelessness beyond the Covid period’.

Via Depaul:

The charity is currently providing support to 66% of 235 ‘shielding beds’ currently set up to protect the most vulnerable living in the homeless population, including those most medically compromised in terms of contracting Covid-19.

The shielding units are being delivered in conjunction with the Health Service Executive where onsite medical interventions, including nursing staff and dual diagnosis workers, are available.

…Some of the medical needs of those residing in these shielding units include people with terminally ill diagnosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and severe asthma.

The charity has also noticed an acute deterioration in mental health up to and including self-harm and suicidal ideation

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