The Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has announced a 100-bed Medical Treatment and Recovery Facility in Dublin for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Minister said: “The construction of a new facility will allow increased supports to homeless individuals who require addiction supports. It will see the expansion of the bed capacity from 36 to 100, allowing many more people who are experiencing homelessness to receive the supports that they need.
"This increased number of beds, together with the establishment of Rapid Access Stabilisation and a Step Up / Step Down facility will allow Dublin Simon Community to extend its services to a significantly larger number of clients.
"It will support many individuals currently rough sleeping to exit homelessness to a home.”
Planning permission for the new six-storey, 5,889 sq/m development at Ushers Island is already in place and today’s confirmation of funding means that work on the site can start before the end of the year. It is expected to be completed before the end of 2021.
The announcement was welcomed by Dublin Simon Community CEO, Sam McGuinness, who said: “Today’s announcement by Minister Eoghan Murphy is very welcome. We must acknowledge the enormous effort and funding support from Minister Murphy, the Department of Housing officials and Department of Health, plus the extraordinary support of Dublin City Council Deputy Chief Executive, Brendan Kenny, and senior executives of the HSE.
“Without their continued vision and commitment this resource for people who are homeless could never happen. This new purpose-built facility at Ushers Island is not about just changing lives, it is saving the lives of those who are among the most vulnerable people in our society.
The Minister also said that the funding of the facility was an important element of the Government’s response to resolving homelessness.
The funding for the building will be provided by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Department of Health and the HSE will meet the operational costs of the facility.
Dublin Simon Community also revealed the impact of its intervention in the housing and homelessness crisis in its Annual Review 2018 as it marks its 50th year in operation.
In 2018, Dublin Simon Community delivered housing, health and support services to 7,684 people and families - a 22% increase in overall service delivery since 2017.
Mr McGuinness said: “Looking back at the activity of Dublin Simon Community in 2018 we can see that the homeless and housing crisis continued to escalate.
"This 14% increase means that 1,724 adults and 1,680 children would be otherwise reliant on emergency accommodation."