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.
This summary edition draws together the insights gained from a year of Focus on Homelessness publications, including the several thematic reports on topics such as Gender, Adult-only Households and Expenditure.
Focus Ireland welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the drafting of the ‘Housing For All’ housing and homeless strategy. This new strategy is an opportunity to (a) build on what we know is working; and (b) to implement necessary changes to end homelessness in our society.
Focus Ireland has long argued that there is a need for a dedicated pillar/strand/chapter of strategy to respond to the specific dynamics and complexities of family homelessness. We believe it is essential to include in the Housing for All strategy a specific strand dedicated to ending family homelessness and preventing its recurrence in future. This submission sets out a number of distinct policies tailored towards ending family homelessness.
This submission seeks to address some of the policy responses needed to counter the rise in adult-only households experiencing homelessness. While the total number of people who are homeless started to decline over 12 months ago, this decline has been exclusively in family homelessness and has masked the continued growth in homelessness among adult-only households. The level of homelessness in adult-only households in Dublin is now at a historically high level, requiring an urgent policy response.
The Programme for Government 2020 commits to the development of a National Youth Homelessness Strategy which we expect to see progressed in the coming months. As part of the Irish Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, Focus Ireland has identified a number of policy responses to youth homelessness which must be included in a National Youth Homelessness Strategy and recognised as part of the “Housing for All” strategy.
The purpose of this document is to make a case for the forthcoming ‘Homes for All’ strategy to include a dedicated strand addressing the specific challenges presented by family homelessness. It also seeks to contribute by setting out the key issues that must be addressed and suggesting some of the solutions that are already known to work.
This submission was made to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing in relation to the deaths of people who are homeless
This document aims to provide information and resources on Youth Homelessness
This submission was made as part of the Department and Children and Youth Affairs public consultation on the Child Care Act 1991 to review the operation of the Act and proposed legislative changes
This submission aims is to provide some feedback on access to emergency accommodation to the DHPLG from the experience of Focus Ireland’s frontline advice and information service, as well as the Housing Law Clinic we operate with A&L Goodbody and Mercy Law Resource Centre.
Focus Ireland, with over thirty-five years of experience working to end homelessness, wants to make a constructive contribution to the debate about the formation and priorities of a new Government. The publication by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael of a Framework Document marks a significant step in the public political debate, and we wanted to share our reflections, based on our front-line experience and independent research, with each of the political parties engaged in trying to form a Government, through this process or otherwise.
This factsheet provides information on the housing supports available to people during the COVID-19 pandemic
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.
REGAL (regaining life for precarious women at work) is an EU-funded project which involves organisations from five European countries. It investigates the possibilities of achieving a better work-life balance for vulnerable groups. As project partner Focus Ireland conducted research with sixteen women with children who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity. This analytical report outlines the context and conditions in Ireland while also exploring some of the findings and experiences of the project and the work undertaken in the focus groups.
REGAL (regaining life for precarious women at work) is an EU-funded project which involves organisations from five European countries. It investigates the possibilities of achieving a better work-life balance for vulnerable groups. As project partner Focus Ireland conducted research with sixteen women with children who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity. This report follows REGAL Ireland report No 1: Analytical and outlines the findings and experiences of the work undertaken in focus groups and qualitative interviews in more depth.
This study considers the strengths and weaknesses of four own-door models of emergency transitional accommodation for homeless families in Ireland: One in Dublin (Tallaght Cross); one in Waterford, Waterford Emergency Family Service and two in Limerick, the Childers Road Family Initiative and the Social Rental Model.
This report on the experiences of LGBTQI+ young people who find themselves without a home emerges from an exploration of the causes and solutions to youth homelessness which Focus Ireland has been engaged with for over 30 years. This report in partnership with BeLonG To is the first qualitative report into LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland.
This report is the first to establish a quantitative understanding of the scope of youth homelessness in Ireland and marks the first of a new series of Focus Ireland’s ‘Insights into Youth Homelessness’ reports which will inform effective responses to youth homelessness.
This report is part of a wider body of research and policy analysis produced by Focus Ireland entitled Insights into Family Homelessness Series. This briefing summarises the purpose and findings of 'Family Homelessness in Dublin: Causes, Housing Histories, and Finding a Home', which examined the causes of family homelessness, housing histories and families’ efforts to find a home of 237 families interviewed who were on the Focus Ireland Family Homeless Action Team caseload at the time of survey.
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.
This report, jointly funded by the HSE mental health services in the Mid West and Focus Ireland, provides an evaluation of the North Tipperary Intensive Tenancy Support Service, which was a key element of the Mid West Service Improvement Programme (2018–2020).
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.