DRHE Records Decrease In Numbe...


DRHE Records Decrease In Number Of Rough Sleepers

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

06:12 17 Apr 2023

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The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has recorded a decrease of 9% in the number of rough sleepers noted in the capital.

83 people were confirmed as rough sleeping across the region over the week March 6th to 12th.

That's a reduction of 8 people on the same period last year, with 91 found to be rough sleeping during both Spring 2022 and Winter 2022 counts.

The majority were male and 48% of those identified were using tents.

Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon Community says: ""While the reduction is positive, and a testament to the cooperation between the Dublin Simon Outreach team and DRHE, the number of people sleeping out on the city’s streets is still far too high.
"Nobody should have to sleep rough, and our Outreach team will continue to engage with those who remain to provide housing options, referral to critical treatment services, address barriers to accepting accommodation, and advocate on their behalf with partners across the sector.  

"Furthermore, while rough sleeping is declining, the number of people in emergency accommodation continues to climb. People are also spending far longer in emergency accommodation because there are no social or affordable homes available for them. Sheltered accommodation is safer than rough sleeping, but nowhere is safer than inside your own front door.  

"If you see someone in need of support, the Dublin Outreach team are on the street from 7am - 1am and can be contacted via the Dublin Rough Sleeper app." 

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, says: "It’s positive to see any decrease in the number of people sleeping rough on our streets. Although the decline is in the context of the growing number of people entering homelessness nationally, it is a success to see the most vulnerable in our society – entrenched rough sleepers – moving on into their own home.

"This work is made possible by resources provided by the DRHE in the form of additional emergency beds, intensified street outreach work by Peter McVerry Trust and Dublin Simon and an increase in Housing First targets for Dublin which has seen more homes secured for people who were sleeping rough across the city.

"There is no doubt that we are in a very challenging period but Housing First is proving to be very successful in helping the most vulnerable people in our society to move out of homelessness and into a home of their own."

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