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Homelessness budgets in a time of economic crisis - making the best of what we have


Presentation given by Cathal Morgan, Director of Dublin Homeless Agency, on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland at a FEANTSA seminar on "The impact of …

Presentation given by Cathal Morgan, Director of Dublin Homeless Agency, on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland at a FEANTSA seminar on "The impact of the economic crisis on tackling homelessness at local level", hosted by the Committee of the Regions, June 2009

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  • 1. Homelessness Budgets in a time of Economic Crisis……Making the best of what we have….a Dublin Perspective! FEANSTA – Committee of the Regions Seminar Presentation by Cathal Morgan, Director, Homeless Agency, Dublin May 28th 2009
  • 2. About the Dublin Homeless Agency• Established in 2001• Co-ordinates a Partnership Structure• Board & Consultative Forum• Research, policy and service development• Training and support to services• Administration of funding• Monitoring and evaluation
  • 3. DUBLINEast coast
  • 4. 4 LocalAuthority Areas
  • 5. HSE & LA
  • 6. Government Cabinet Sub-Committee on Social Inclusion The Cross DepartmentalNational HomelessnessConsultative Committee Team on Homelessness 2007 NGO Sector Statutory Sector •Community & Irish Prison Service Voluntary Education and Training •Housing Associations Health Service Exec Local Authorities Probation and Welfare FAS
  • 7. Homeless Agency PartnershipVision ……….and Government Policy (The Way Home)By 2010, long-term homelessness and the need for people to sleep rough will be eliminated in Dublin.The risk of a person or family becoming homeless will be minimal due to effective preventative policies and services.Where it does occur, homelessness will be short- term and all people who are homeless will be assisted into appropriate housing and the realisation of their full potential and rights.
  • 8. 3 Strategic Aims3 strategic aims will guide the direction of theaction plan:• Prevent people from becoming homeless• Provide effective services in each local area to address the accommodation, housing and health needs of people in that area• Provide long-term housing, with appropriate supports as required for people who are homeless
  • 9. 2007…at a Crossroads………… Are we ‘Managing’ or ‘Ending’?3 Critical Priorities for 2008 were agreed by the Homeless Agency Board after a review of progress made in 2007:• Measure and evidence the extent of homelessness (counted in)• Review current expenditure (VfM)• Develop and agree a model of service delivery (evaluation of services)
  • 10. Extent of the experience of Homelessness2144 households were in homeless services during the week of the Counted In survey in March 2008.…resident in homeless accommodation, resident in long-term supported accommodation or roofless…equivalent figure from 2005 is 2066 households… 1% decrease in homeless households relative to Dublin’s 5% population increase
  • 11. Counted In 20082,144 households accessing homeless services – 84% for more than six months – 70% accommodated in Dublin city centre – Most require some level of housing support to maintain housing• Recent Dublin City ‘Rooflessness’ Count estimated a minimum of 98 people
  • 12. Length of Time Homeless (Counted In, 2008)Less than six months 16%Six months - three years 38%Over three years 46%
  • 13. Minimum of 110 people reported as ‘roofless’…decrease of 41% compared to 185 people in 2005…5% of households in homeless services reported as roofless compared to 9% in 2005…significant increase in number and proportion of non-Irish, from 9% in 2005 to 38% in 2008
  • 14. 95% of adults in homeless services are in accommodation. Long-Term Supported Transitional Housing Accommodation 14% 17% Private Emergency Accommodation Rough Sleeping 33% 5% Emergency Other Accommodation 6% 26%
  • 15. In ConclusionNo significant change in the number of people in homeless services (although nearly half of residents are new since 2005)Significant decrease in rooflessness (but increase in non-Irish sleeping rough)A minimum of 942 households are long-term residents of emergency accommodation
  • 16. Review of Finance &Expenditure -Budget 2008 @ circa €62.3 million 16% 8% 48% 28% Emergency Transitional Long-Term Support Services
  • 17. Review of Finance & Expenditure• €227m expended between 2005 and 2008• Over emphasis on ‘managing homelessness’ - temporary soloutions• Financial input not aligned to the agreed target & supports the need for a change in policy and practice! – …a change in the way services are delivered to ‘prevent homelessness’, ‘support people should they become homeless’, ‘support people in housing’…….
  • 18. Evaluation of Homeless Services - Current Provision• Emergency• Outreach• Long-term Supported Housing• Transitional Housing• Settlement• Advice/ Info./ Food Services• Detox/ Rehab – Delivered by 45 Organisations (NGO and Statutory)
  • 19. Evaluation of Services 2008– Too much movement between emergency services– Need for centralised placement service for emergency accommodation and one central outreach team– Lack of move on to housing highlights the crucial need for access to housing and to supports– Need for supports delivered as a housing service to people in mainstream housing– Transitional programmes could be delivered as a housing support to people in mainstream housing– Localisation of services is problematic!
  • 20. EmergencyAccommodationNGO and DCC
  • 21. Private Emergency Accommodation
  • 22. All EmergencyAccommodation
  • 23. TransitionalAccommodation
  • 24. Long-Term SupportedAccommodation
  • 25. All HomelessAccommodation
  • 26. We are moving to a…….Pathway Model of Homeless and Housing Support Provision
  • 27. Pathway ModelAll services need to work together as part of a system – co-ordinating assessments and referrals to best meet service users’ needs.Assessment of Need & Case Management is central to this approach.All residents in homeless services should have a housing and support plan, to move them into appropriate housing with whatever care and or supports they need as soon as possible.
  • 28. Real Opportunities– Irish Government will maintain existing resource in 2009 and has announced new programme for housing support/ procurement of social housing– We can significantly increase ‘housing capacity’ (target of 1,000 tenancies in 2009!) • Housing Associations/ NGOs to play a stronger part in offering long-term tenancies with housing supports– Strengthening and reform of Statutory role (especially with regard to Prevention!!)– Localisation of Services across Dublin City and County
  • 29. Thank You for Listening!Further information available via