There are more than 7000 homeless people in Ireland, the majority are single adults but there has been an increasing number of families presenting as homelessness in recent months. Breaking the cycle of homelessness is difficult and we constantly seek innovative ways to address this and support people in changing their lives. With more than eighty Lifehouses across the UK and Republic of Ireland Territory, the Homelessness Services Unit provides a wide range of services to a variety of people.
"St Bricin’s has helped me change how I view myself
and the people around me. I see more clearly now.
I’m learning to like myself again.”
- Tony, Dublin 2016
This Lifehouse provides support for young people experiencing homelessness. The centre is located on Eden Quay, overlooking the River Liffey, and operates two specialised services: Nightlight for young people (12 to 18 years) and support flats for young adults aged 17 and over.
The Nightlight service provides emergency accommodation in a safe environment for up to seven young people each night. Residents are given food and a change of clothes, and offered support and advice by qualified and experienced social care staff.
Nightlight is part of the government's Crisis Intervention Service (CIS) – an out-of-hours emergency social work service – and operates alongside the Crisis Intervention Service Partnership (CISP) during the day. Nightlight provides young people with opportunities to take part in meaningful activities aimed at developing their social skills and getting them ready to lead independent lives. The young people are also encouraged to take part in a range of leisure activities, from pool tournaments and games nights to arts and crafts.
The support flats at Lefroy House provide young (17-18 years) homeless people with a safe place to live away from the streets and in a supported environment. Young people living in the flats attend training programmes, school or college and are provided with the support they need in preparation for a time when they move on to a home of their own.
Located on Longford Street offers accommodation and support to men aged 18 and over. The centre has 80 residents, most of whom are in long-term supported housing and cannot live independently due to issues such as addiction or mental illness.
The centre also offers supported temporary accommodation to help people with lower support needs prepare for a time when they are ready to move on to independent living.
York House provides residents with breakfast and an evening meal, laundry facilities, a computer room, communal areas, social groups including a music group, a chapel and an Independent Living Unit where they can learn the skills and knowledge they will need for independent living.
The centre provides a specialised service for 101 men and women who have a mix of long-term supported housing and supported temporary accommodation needs.
This service also has its own medical centre where residents can see a GP, nurse or podiatrist seven days a week. The medical centre is run in partnership with Safetynet – a networking organisation for nurses, doctors and voluntary agencies.
The newest addition to The Salvation Army’s homelessness services in Dublin was set up in 2014 to provide emergency accommodation to people sleeping rough.
The service is based in a former military hospital near Phoenix Park and can accommodate up to 25 men in a safe and relaxed environment. St Bricin’s offers more than just a bed for the night, specially-trained staf help residents move off the streets and into more permanent accommodation.
The lifehouse is run in partnership with the Dublin Simon Community and works alongside a range of statutory partners, social groups and charities.