Focus IrelandPrevention & Tenancy Sustainment             Services    Fingal County Council Seminar          28th November...
Overview•   Context for Prevention•   Focus Ireland’s Prevention work today•   What Focus Ireland is planning•   The Next ...
Shift to prevention: Policy Context– National Homeless Prevention Strategy 2002– Homeless Agency Pillinger Report 2005– Na...
Shift to Prevention: International Context• Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Strategy –  USA• ‘Turning off the Tap on Homel...
Focus Ireland: shift to prevention• Focus Ireland’s new strategy (2011-2016) sets out five  key objectives that will drive...
Where Focus Ireland is delivering Prevention Services• Dublin City &      • Wexford County  County             • Kilkenny ...
Our Prevention & Sustainment Services• Advice & Information – and Advocacy• Aftercare services• SLI (partnership with Pete...
From Support to Prevention Example 1          Current                   FutureCoolmine Detox Programme        Coolmine Det...
From Support to Prevention Example 2               Current                                  FutureIndividual with mental h...
Next Steps• Requires a shift in thinking and culture at all levels• Change culture from ‘managing homelessness’ to  preven...
Challenges• Prevention must not become ‘preventing  access to Homeless Services’• Prevention Services must remain close to...
Questions?
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  1. 1. Focus IrelandPrevention & Tenancy Sustainment Services Fingal County Council Seminar 28th November 2012 Catherine Maher
  2. 2. Overview• Context for Prevention• Focus Ireland’s Prevention work today• What Focus Ireland is planning• The Next Steps
  3. 3. Shift to prevention: Policy Context– National Homeless Prevention Strategy 2002– Homeless Agency Pillinger Report 2005– National Strategy (2008): A Way Home: - Prevention being the first of 6 strategic priorities– Dublin Strategy ‘A key to a home’ (2007): - Prevention being the first of 3 strategic priorities– Evaluations of Homeless Services (2008)
  4. 4. Shift to Prevention: International Context• Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Strategy – USA• ‘Turning off the Tap on Homelessness’ – Australia• Germany• England/Wales (Pawson 2007)• Scotland - Cyrenian’s Edinburgh
  5. 5. Focus Ireland: shift to prevention• Focus Ireland’s new strategy (2011-2016) sets out five key objectives that will drive the work we do over the next 5 years.• The fundamental objective, and from which the other objectives naturally follow, is• the determination to shift the strategic emphasis of the work we do towards preventing homelessness.
  6. 6. Where Focus Ireland is delivering Prevention Services• Dublin City & • Wexford County County • Kilkenny County• Kildare County • Sligo Town &• Cork City County• Waterford City & • Limerick City & County County
  7. 7. Our Prevention & Sustainment Services• Advice & Information – and Advocacy• Aftercare services• SLI (partnership with Peter McVerry Trust)• Prevention & Tenancy Sustainment• Community Sustainment Projects•Long-Term Supported Housing•Prison In Reach•Mental Health Housing Projects
  8. 8. From Support to Prevention Example 1 Current FutureCoolmine Detox Programme Coolmine Detox ProgrammePresent to Central Placement Focus Ireland NFCM engage Service during programme to assess housing & support needsReferred to Private Emergency Focus Ireland identify appropriate Homeless Accommodation housingFocus Ireland NFCM engage Focus Ireland supports family and support family move-on transition to long-term housing to long-term housing & independent living
  9. 9. From Support to Prevention Example 2 Current FutureIndividual with mental health issues Individual with mental health issuesliving with their parents/guardian living with their parents/guardianParents/guardian unable to Focus Ireland outreach engagecope/die with individual in their homeCrisis - individual moved to group Builds individual’s capacityhome or becomes homeless Supports individual’s transition toFocus Ireland homeless support independent living at appropriateservices become engaged time and setting
  10. 10. Next Steps• Requires a shift in thinking and culture at all levels• Change culture from ‘managing homelessness’ to preventing homelessness• Other social services need to adopt a preventative approach• Section 10 funding – away from emergency accommodation. Legislative change.• Potential role for Social Impact Bonds/Investments
  11. 11. Challenges• Prevention must not become ‘preventing access to Homeless Services’• Prevention Services must remain close to the Homelessness• Outcomes for Prevention Services must be substantiated and evaluated
  12. 12. Questions?

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