Our Advocacy Team campaigns for policy reform aimed at preventing individuals and families becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. Critical to this task is the need to demonstrate the effectiveness of a particular policy and communicate that evidence to key audiences, such as the Oireachtas, national and local government, the statutory sector, other voluntary bodies and the public. Focus Ireland has submitted over 70 policy submissions to Government and relevant policy groups since 2000, as well as joint submissions in collaboration with other voluntary and statutory bodies. Focus Ireland’s policy work is supported by funding from the Pobal Scheme to Support National Organisations (SNNO) and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
In response to recent comments that homelessness in Ireland is low by international standards, the Advocacy team have developed this short briefing to distill the debate about how homelessness is measured and compared across countries. Focus Ireland has always claimed that homelessness is too high, that it could be much lower, and that is has increased significantly in recent years.
The Special Rapporteur on Housing sought submissions on designing and implementing effective human rights-based housing strategies. In this document we provide some insights into the current situation in Ireland and the human rights limitations of current strategies.
The Focus Ireland submission to the National Planning Framework argues that Ireland 2040 provides the opportunity to develop a roadmap for a national housing market that creates sustainable communities and services our entire society.
Focus Ireland’s research work aims to support and inform the organisation’s provision of housing and services to people out-of-home and its lobbying, campaigning, policy and education functions through the production of topical, relevant and methodologically-sound research.
This study presents key findings from a short quantitative survey conducted by telephone with 27 families who presented as homeless in the Dublin region during June 2017. Similar to previous waves of data collection, 70% of families reported their last stable home was in the private rented sector. Issues around affordability, landlords leaving the sector, relationship breakdown, and substandard accommodation were key triggers into homelessness.
This publication presents the findings of a commissioned study of Focus Ireland's prevention services which work with families in Dublin, Limerick, Sligo, Kilkenny and Waterford. The findings highlight the effectiveness of holistic supports that meet a variety of social, economic and emotional needs with which families present.
To date, no research has been undertaken in an Irish context to document and understand the ways in which families exit homelessness. Little is known about the more medium-term impacts of these experiences on these families, and on the overall well-being of parents and children. This qualitative study of 25 families explored their experiences of journeying out of homelessness, whilst also considering the impact homelessness had on family life.
Focus Ireland is committed to regular evaluations of its work and services. Evaluations help us to assess the quality and effectiveness of our work. The services we provide have continually been adapted to suit the changing needs of our customers and to provide the best possible services.
The innovative is a collaboration between Focus Ireland, Tusla and Limerick City and Council, with the aim if of providing homes for vulnerable young people along with the vital support to help them sustain their tenancies as they make the transition into adulthood. The independent evaluation was carried out by Eilis Lawlor and Niamh Bowen from the UK based 'Just Economics.'
Focus Ireland’s ‘My Home, My Choice’ project – a project funded by Genio – was established in 2012. It supports individuals with a diagnosed mental health diagnosis and who are recognised as having a housing need by their local authority. Focus Ireland commissioned independent research consultancy Quality Matters to conduct a financial savings review of ‘My Home, My Choice’ project.
The Support to Live Independently (SLÍ) initiative is a visiting support service to those with low or moderate needs who have secured independent accommodation after leaving homeless services. The aims of the scheme are to support homeless people to move on from homelessness to living independently, and to assist with reintegration into the local community.