We are helping to facilitate the development and improvement of supports for people who are long-term homeless, to enable them to move to their own homes with secure tenancies. The Homelessness Programme is being implemented through the Service Reform Fund by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government; Local Authorities (LA); the Department of Health; the HSE; and Genio. This is in line with the ‘Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’ (Department of Housing, 2016).

The SRF Homelessness Programme is focusing on 3 key areas of work:
  1. Supporting 100 additional housing-led tenancies in Cork, Limerick and Galway

  2. Explore whether the existing ‘housing first’ initiative in Dublin requires additional integration and enhancement of health supports.
  3. Improving integrated pathways and joint working through pilot implementation of a Dublin-wide homeless hospital discharge policy and enhanced screening and referral processes for housing first tenancies.

This work will inform the reconfiguration of resources across emergency homeless services in Ireland and help embed housing first solutions nationally.

What is Housing First?

Evidence from Ireland and abroad demonstrates that the ‘housing first’ approach is the most effective way to address the needs of people who are long-term homeless and is particularly suited to homeless people who have mental health and/or addiction issues. ‘Housing first’ emphasises securing tenancy for individuals and then providing them with a range of supports to help them maintain their tenancy. This is a very person-centred approach which focuses on drawing on available mainstream resources and supports within society and enabling people to lead self-determined lives.

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