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 order to tackle youth homelessness, we need to understand the pathways of young people into services, and their experiences. Research from other jurisdictions has shown that LGBT young people are over-represented in youth homelessness statistics. Focus Ireland's submission to the first LGBTI Youth Strategy advocates for research funding and an examination of youth service provision.
Given the current homelessness crisis, Focus Ireland welcomed the review of the Government's action plan, Rebuilding Ireland. Our submission calls for the State to take a much more direct role in delivering solutions. We also argue that any revised strategy should set out a clear vision to end homelessness within a specific timeframe.
Focus Ireland welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the review of recently introduced rent predictability measures and the Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ). Our submission responds to a number of questions posed by the Department and outlines some concerns about the implementation of the measures.
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 38 families who presented as homeless in the Dublin region during March 2017. Similar findings emerge in March 2017 data collection as compared to the averages recorded in 2016 surveys: high numbers of families were made homeless due to landlords leaving the private rented market.
This study presents full data analysis of all 183 telephone surveys which were administered on a quarterly basis to families presenting as homeless during 2016. The findings demonstrated how a key cause of family homelessness is intimately related to dynamics in the private rented housing market - which is disproportionately impacting on low income households.
This study - which integrates interviews with families with the use of photography - explores families' everyday experiences of food routines in homeless accommodation. The analysis uncovers the negative impact homelessness has on the nutrition and health outcomes on both parents and their children. The researchers also conducted interviews with key stakeholders working in the area.This study was funded by DCYA and Department of Health.
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.