Publications

Publications

We invest in research, advocacy and plan our services to improve our understanding and find effective solutions to homelessness.

Policy Research Evaluations Insights into Family Homelessness

Policy

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.

Introduction to the Focus Ireland Submission to “Housing for All Strategy” Consultation

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.

Family Homelessness – Submission to “Housing for All Strategy” Consultation

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.

Adult-Only Households – Submission to “Housing for All Strategy” Consultation

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.

Youth Homelessness – Submission to “Housing for All Strategy” Consultation

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.

Towards a Family Homelessness 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.

Submission from Focus Ireland to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing in relation to the deaths of people who are homeless

This submission was made to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing in relation to the deaths of people who are homeless

Youth Homelessness FAQs

This document aims to provide information and resources on Youth Homelessness

Review of the Child Care Act 1991 - Focus Ireland Submission to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

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

Submission to Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government on Access to Emergency Accommodation during Covid-19 pandemic

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.

Commentary on the Fine Gael/Fianna Fail Framework Document

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.

Factsheet on COVID-19 Housing Supports

This factsheet provides information on the housing supports available to people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research

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 Ireland Report No 1: Analytical

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 Ireland Report No 2: Aspirations

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.

Exploring Own-Door Models of Emergency Accommodation for Homeless Families in Ireland

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.

A Qualitative Study of LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland

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.

Youth Homelessness in the Dublin Region: A profile of young, single emergency accommodation users in 2016, 2017 and 2018

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.

Research Briefing No. 1 - Family Homelessness in Dublin: Causes, Housing Histories, and Finding a Home

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.

Service Evaluations

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.

An Evaluation of the North Tipperary Intensive Tenancy Sustainment Service

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).

Limerick Youth Housing Evaluation Report

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.'

Financial Savings Review of 'My Home My Choice' Project

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.

Support to Live Independently (SLÍ) Evaluation

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.