There are three main approaches to address homelessness: prevention, emergency responses and providing housing with support. Emergency responses such as hostels ‘manage’ the problem and may not result in an individual avoiding homelessness on a long-term basis. Research has also shown us that an emergency response to tackling homelessness is more expensive. Above all, the longer a person is trapped in homelessness, the harder it is for them to cope with personal problems or health issues. Focus Ireland’s work concentrates on two key areas:
We operate A&I services in Dublin, Sligo, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford.
Housing and support services for young people at risk of homelessness, such as those leaving State care.
To help people at risk of homelessness to keep their home.
To help people on their journey out of homelessness.
Long-term housing through properties we own or lease & short-term accommodation for those who are currently homelessness.
Providing support to people who have exited homelessness to ensure they do not return to homelessness.
These services provide a comfortable and safe place with personal care facilities and quality, affordable food 365 days a year for people who are homeless and accessing emergency accommodation or sleeping rough. You can read more about the impact of our services in our 2018 Annual Report.