City 'On The Cusp' Of Accommod...


City 'On The Cusp' Of Accommodating All Rough Sleepers

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09:28 20 Apr 2022

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Dublin's 'on the cusp' of accommodating almost all rough sleepers who are on the streets.

That's according to the head of the Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle.

He was speaking as figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) show the Spring Rough Sleeper Count, which took place at the end of March and early April, found 92 people sleeping rough across the region.

That's a reduction on the 125 people recorded in Spring last year.

Mr Doyle says they're very pleased at the decrease.

"Nobody wants to see anybody on the street... to have a 27% reduction is fantastic.

"I suppose what's hidden in all that, that people don't see, is that of the people that were on the street last December/November when we last did the count, only 13 of them remain on the street.

"Now 13 is 13 too many - but that means that 81 of those that were on the street in November have already found some type of homeless solution either in emergency accommodation, long-term support accommodation or Housing First.

"I think we're on the cusp of getting rid of this altogether - it would be great to see our capital city without rough sleepers.

"You'll always have people coming in, but it would be good to see them coming out as quick as they are".

He adds that when people get into the Housing First programme "you've a 96% chance of staying in that... and never going back to rough sleeping".

Housing First has seen more than 420 people put in permanent, key-to-the-door accommodation in Dublin alone.

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