Project Visits Dublin



2°  Course  DUBLIN / Athlone  26-27-28  October  2017



  1.  Crosscare - Mater Dei Family Hub


   Crosscare is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin and provides a range of social care, community and youth work services across the Dublin Archdiocese. Their Family Hub is part of the Governments response to high levels of Family Homelessness in Ireland. The Mater Dei Family Hub caters for 50 families who are emerging from emergency accommodation in Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.


  2. Anna Liffey Drug Project

The Ana Liffey neither promotes nor denounces substance use but seeks to respond to problems associated with it. The ALDP has been providing Low Threshold, Harm Reduction services to people in the North Inner City since 1982. They provide services from two premises at 48 & 51 Middle Abbey Street. Across these two building they offer a wide variety of Low Threshold, Harm Reduction Services that offer pathways to individuals out of their current circumstance including addiction and homelessness.


  3. Sophia Sean McDermott St


   The Sean McDermott Street Project is an excellent example of the importance of providing housing first to people with a history of homelessness. Over 80% of the people referred to this service are still in housing. The project has 18 self-contained one bedroom apartments for couples needing support to live independently. The team consists of a project manager, support workers and care workers. Each support worker works with 6 couples both formally and informally. The couples who live in Sean McDermott St have very complex needs and our support staff helps them to identify and meet their goals and are on site 24 hours a day


  4.Back Lane Night Shelter

Run by De Paul Ireland, Back Lane Hostel provides direct access, emergency and short term accommodation for 74 single homeless men aged over 26. The accommodation consists of single rooms with shared facilities and full board is provided. As part of the support and settlement programme, residents are offered a life skills course and access to addiction treatment; participants on these courses can extend their stay to up to 6 months. The project offers formal post settlement and settlement support.


  5.St Catherines Foyer


   Run by the Peter McVerry Trust St Catherine's Foyer operates as a Specialised Supported Temporary Accommodation for those aged 18-26 years old.  Alcohol or other drugs is not permitted on-site or in the vicinity of the facility at any time.  Residents who present with a history of problematic drug or alcohol use will be required to demonstrate that they are currently drug free and/or are actively managing their addiction through participation in a recognised treatment programme. 


  6. Sophia Housing Cork St


    The Cork Street project consists of 50 apartments, one, two 
and three bedrooms, for families, couples and single people. Amongst these apartments are three adapted units for people with physical disabilities. Each apartment is self contained but there are also communal spaces where the tenants can socialise. The Cork Street project provides long term  supported tenancies. Support staff are present Monday to Friday from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each tenant has a keyworker and a holistic care plan is done for all tenants. Practical support is also offered in a range of areas such as home management, budgeting, shopping and cooking.


Project Visits Midlands


  1. Emergency Accommodation Service
          – Tullamore



   This service is the only provider of Emergency Accommodation to single men and women over the age of 18 in County Offaly. The service has six emergency beds (4 allocated to single men and 2 allocated to single women). The service is open 24/7, with referrals made via the Local Authority. The service works in partnership with Tullamore Housing Association from whom it leases 6 units of accommodation.


  2. Emergency Accommodation Service



   This service is the only proviThis service is the only provider of Emergency Accommodation to single men over the age of 18 in County Westmeath. The service has six emergency beds (4 allocated to single men and 2 allocated to single women). The service is open 24/7, with referrals made via the Local Authority.


  3. Slí Nua



   This innovative service is supported by the Westmeath County Council, the HSE and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. It provides 7 one bed apartments which offer a long term home to people with a long term experience of homelessness and/or housing instability.

The service is managed by the Line Manager of the Emergency Accommodation Service Athlone, as well as a dedicated Case Worker, who offers key working and visiting supports to ensure that people successfully progress out of homelessness and into the security of a home of their own.


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