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.
Observations on the Homelessness Inter-Agency Group’s Report to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive’s Report to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
This is Focus Ireland’s concise Pre-Budget Submission public document which outlines 14 key recommendations required to turn the tide of homelessness. Focus Ireland submitted our full range of Budget proposals in more detail to the Government in recently and these can also be accessed on this page.
Budgetary allocations are only one dimension of the actions we need to take to end the housing and homeless crisis. There are many actions that require reform of processes and legislation and Focus Ireland has addressed these aspects in other submissions and statements. In our 2019 Pre-Budget Submission we have, as much as is possible, concentrated on areas where we believe progress is being held back because of lack of finance, or where finance is required before the other barriers can be addressed.
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.
Every three months, Focus Ireland Research Team conducts telephone surveys with families presenting as homeless to understand the root causes of their homelessness, their housing histories and key demographic details. In an effort to capture families’ routes out of homelessness, we conducted an exercise by tracking the families who participated in September 2017 telephone survey through PASS database (Homeless Services Management System). During this month, 26 families were surveyed (representing 29% of all families who presented as homeless within the Dublin region that month).
The growth in the number of families in excess of 24 months in homelessness in the Dublin should be one of the key indicators of concern. There must be an imperative on the state to ensure that housing options and any necessary supports are put in place to facilitate them to move to independent living. In addition given the growth in family homelessness in the rest of Ireland there is a growing need for a greater publication of data about the causal factors and duration of family homelessness beyond the Dublin region, and a roll out of policies which have been successful in Dublin (such as Homeless HAP, and pre-qualification for HHAP) to other major towns and cities.
Every three months, Focus Ireland Research Team conducts telephone surveys with families presenting as homeless to understand the root causes of their homelessness, their housing histories and key demographic details. In an effort to capture families’ routes out of homelessness, we conducted an exercise by tracking the families who participated in March 2016 telephone survey through PASS database (Homeless Services Management System). During this month, 70 families were surveyed (representing 83% of all families who presented as homeless within the Dublin region that month).
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.