Enough beds for city’s rough sleepers
during cold snap

Rough Sleeper Infographic

Homelessness is one of the most challenging issues facing modern Irish society. Under Rebuilding Ireland the Government has been actively working to solve the homelessness crisis, building on all the work of previous governments to date.

With a cold snap forecast for the next few days, it’s even more important than usual that anyone finding themselves sleeping rough is provided with the necessary shelter and support services.

In 2016 Rebuilding Ireland funded three new high-quality hostels in Dublin City at a cost of €6.1 million. These hostels were delivered in early December by Dublin City Council and are being run by the Peter McVerry Trust, Dublin Simon Community/Salvation Army and DePaul Trust.

Between them the three facilities provide 210 extra emergency beds to more than meet the predicted need for emergency accommodation. This takes into account the needs of the 142 people rough sleeping in Dublin City – as of Dublin Region Homeless Executive‘s last official count in November 2016 – as well as providing additional capacity.

Each winter, additional beds are also available for extreme cold weather spells. If more beds are required they will also be provided. The total number of emergency beds available in Dublin is approximately 1,800.

Two more emergency shelters will open in the coming months providing further accommodation and support to individuals and couples experiencing homelessness and the issues and challenges it brings.

  • If you see a person sleeping rough let us know via HomelessDublin.ie or call 086 813 9015, 9am-11pm (rough sleepers only) or 1800 707 707, 2pm-1am (all emergency accommodation needs).

“In 2016 Rebuilding Ireland funded three new high-quality hostels in Dublin City at a cost of €6.1 million”.