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.
December saw the largest monthly drop in the number of people in emergency accommodation since figures started being recorded in 2014. Both in numerical (-717) and percentage (-7%) terms, this is an unusually large decrease from November’s report. This paper looks into where this decrease is coming from and what is driving it.
In the run up to the General Election, Focus Ireland put forward five proposals which we believe should form a framework for responding to the housing and homeless crisis, and which we asked each party to include in their Election Manifesto. This document reviews the manifestos of the seven largest parties to see to what extent these issues are addressed.
This is Focus Ireland’s Pre-Budget Submission policy document which outlines our key recommendations required to turn the tide of homelessness. This document was submitted to the relevant Government departments recently.
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 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.
This major Focus Ireland study details the findings of 237 families currently on Focus Ireland Family Homeless Action Team caseload. It examines the causes of family homelessness, their housing histories and the families’ efforts to find a home. The report finds that 68% of the families had their last stable home in the private rented sector and 36% of whom lost their property due to landlord selling. The report includes commentary which draws on some key policy implications.
Brighter Future for Care leavers commissioned by Focus Ireland and conducted by a team from the University of York is a consultation with care experienced young people and aftercare workers to explore the scope for developing an aftercare framework to support outcomes and services provision. The messages and findings that emerged from the consultation with young people and aftercare workers provides a snapshot of aftercare experiences and support and highlight some of the strengths and the gaps in aftercare preparation and support for young people leaving care in Ireland.
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.