Councillors say they don’t know where the women will go yet if and when the Abigail Centre in Finglas closes.
Complaints of Filthy Toilets at the Brú Homeless Hostel
Overflowing bowls, used needles scattered on the floor, and trails of blood. One man who stayed there said he left after three nights said because he couldn’t hack the disgusting bathrooms.
Council Briefs: Housing on Depot Sites, Sandymount Green, and More Family Hubs
At meetings at City Hall this week, councillors talked about changes in plans for how to use council land, possible traffic changes around Sandymount Green, and the roll-out of more “hubs” for homeless families.
Emmett: It Should Be Easier to Empathise with Those Called Homeless
“Without empathy, thousands of our fellow citizens who are homeless will become irretrievably, permanently other. But they are not other.”
Who's in Charge of Making Sure Homeless Hostels Are Safe Places?
Charities that run such hostels say they have their own standards in place. But it’s not clear who, if anyone, is looking over their shoulders to make sure they meet them.
What More Than 100 Homeless People Said When Surveyed About the Freephone and Hostels
A survey funded by our readers and conducted by Amárach Research asked about issues including how often people call the freephone and can’t get a bed for the night, and the conditions in the hostels when they do get in.
A Documentary Shares Three Mothers' Experiences of Homelessness
Ingrid Casey worked with friends and called in favours to make the film, released today.
Homeless? South Dublin Council Might Ask for an Affidavit as Proof
People who are homeless because they’ve fallen out with family are being asked to get sworn statements to prove this, to access homeless services.
Why Is There a Night-Time-Only Hostel for Children and Teenagers?
While the emergency hostel at Lefroy House has evolved over the years, some say they’re still concerned that teenagers have to leave during the day – and that some are there too long.
Help Fund a Big Survey of Homeless People's Experiences of Hostels and the Freephone
Great news, thanks to 72 supporters, as of 30 March, we now have enough to pay a market-research firm to do this survey. Thanks everyone! We’ll get to work.
Christine: On the Brutality of Life in One of Dublin's Homeless Hostels
“What’s often overlooked in the broad sweep of articles and statistics about homelessness is that homelessness itself is a trauma,” writes Christine O’Donnell.
Homeless People Often Complain About the Freephone. But Not to Those Who Run It.
New standards for homeless services call for feedback from people who use them. But some say they’re afraid they’ll be punished if they complain to officials.
In Ballyfermot, an Effort to Help Local Homeless People Locally
This would be a move towards decentralisation of government services for homeless people in the city, which some people say would make their lives better.
It's Not Charity Hand-Outs that Keep Homeless People Living in Tents
Some say they’d gladly move into a hostel if they could get a decent one, where couples could stay together, where recovering addicts don’t have to bunk with users, where they wouldn’t just get kicked out each day and have to start all over again.
In Drumcondra, Raising the Water Level to Force out Homeless People
In July this year, Waterways Ireland raised the water level to prevent people from sleeping or doing drugs under Binns Bridge, where Dorset Street crosses the Royal Canal.
As Winter Approaches, Will New Homeless Hostels Face Opposition?
It hasn’t been easy to find places to put new hostels, says independent Councillor Christy Burke, who also volunteers helping homeless people.
Council Briefs: All-Ireland Screening, Parks Plans, Homeless Deaths, and More
At meetings this week, Dublin city councillors tried to arrange a screening at Smithfield of the All-Ireland football final, talked about plans for George Bernard Shaw’s birthplace, and more.
For Some Homeless Children, Beds at Night, but Streets by Day
Anti-homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry says he’s surprised Tusla is still referring children to night-time-only hostels.
Landlords Use Evictions to Skirt Cap on Rent Rises, Tenants Say
“Our research repeatedly shows that the largest single cause of family homelessness is landlords selling up and using loopholes in the law to evict families,” says Mike Allen of Focus Ireland.
Some of Dublin's Homeless Say They Are Refused Sleeping Bags
“Sleeping bags are provided to clients as a humanitarian response when there is no accommodation available,” says the DRHE. But rough-sleepers say that doesn’t always happen.
Moving Homeless Families from Hotels to "Hubs": Semantics or Progress?
Minister Simon Coveney promised to end the use of hotels to shelter homeless families by 1 July. To some, a big part of his plan sounds like rebranding, rather than real change.
Council Briefs: Homelessness Updates, and Overcrowding in Portobello
At recent committee meetings, councillors talked about new places to put homeless accommodation, and a packed house in Portobello.
In Temple Bar, a Tattoo Parlour Turns on an Anti-Homeless Sprinkler
Some called such sprinklers a “disgrace”, but the shop’s staff say after years of finding faeces and needles, “our priority is the well-being and safety of our staff”.
Council Briefs: HIQA, Homelessness, and Housing Lists
At last week’s Dublin City Council housing committee meeting, councillors discussed who’s monitoring homeless services and how to make sure you aren’t removed from the social housing list.
Wanted: More Beds
Across Dublin, rough sleepers have given up on calling the “homeless freephone” to get a spot in a hostel for the night. There’s no point, they say.
What's Going on Now with the Bolt Hostel?
A year ago, Dublin City Council and housing activists clashed in court over the occupation of a vacant Bolton Street building. It’s still empty.
Which Dublin Neighbourhoods Have the Most Vacant Homes?
The two Dublin areas with the highest proportions of vacant dwellings aren’t exactly synonymous with vacancy.
John's Lane West Hostel: Why Close It Now?
The protests after Focus Ireland closed the hostel laid bare the challenges of balancing short and long-term solutions to Dublin’s housing crisis.
50% of Social Housing Won't Be Reserved for Homeless Anymore
In an April letter to minister Alan Kelly, Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan suggested that the rule encouraged people “to enter the ‘homeless’ system”.
With New Guidelines, City Tries to Clarify Homeless Families' Rights
Dublin City Council spends millions every year on hotel rooms, B&Bs and hostels for people with nowhere else to live. And it wants them to know they have rights while staying there.
The Grangegorman Squat, Round Two: Resistance, Circus and Hope
Squatters were evicted from the property last year. It was sold and left vacant for months, and now it’s been reoccupied. In a time of housing shortage, it’s home to at least 30 people – and soon, perhaps, more.
Curios About: Welcome Home by Rebecca Deegan
Rebecca Deegan wanted us to look at homelessness differently, so she painted this, about “the vulnerability and isolation felt by those who have nothing”. It’s the latest in our series on works by Dublin artists.
Can Elderly People with Large Homes Help Ease Homelessness?
There are single people living in big houses, and families living in rooms. What’s the solution to the mismatch?
Andy: In 1916, They Weren't Fighting to Build a Tax Haven
A powerful economic argument fuelled the drive for independence, but those involved in the Rising didn’t envision a low-tax location for US capital, with homeless children living on its streets.
HSE's Vacant Properties: Could They Be Used for Housing?
A reader asked us to look into how many vacant properties the HSE has in the Dublin area, and whether they could be used for housing. Here’s what we found out.
Mick: How Finance is Shaping Dublin's Ongoing Housing Crisis
What has been driving the housing crisis in Dublin is the absence of credit within Ireland’s financial system – in other words, from Irish banks, writes Mick Byrne, a researcher at UCD.
For Dublin's Homeless, a Precarious Right to Vote
In theory, homeless people have the right to vote. But once it gets down to the details, many say they wouldn’t know where to start to exercise that right.
Modular Homes for the Homeless: Now Problems in Drimnagh
Dublin City Council’s plan to build 22 modular homes in Ballymun by Christmas sparked protests. Now its effort to put 29 more modulars on a site in Drimnagh have hit some bumps too.
Has Raising Housing Standards Made People Homeless?
Regulations that came into effect in 2013 effectively banned bedsits. Is enforcement of these rules pushing people into homelessness?
Frank: Modular Homes for Homeless Families Could Be Lovely
If the houses are built to anything like the standards that apply in Austria or Scandinavia, the families who’ll end up living in them won’t want to leave.
In Poppintree, Can Co-ops and the Council's Modulars Co-exist?
Dublin City Council says it’ll install 22 modular houses for homeless families on a site in Poppintree before Christmas. But a housing co-op already has plans for the site.
Homeless Services: Will There Be Enough Winter Beds?
Following the recent deaths of two homeless men sleeping rough in the city centre, Dublin City Council’s Cold Winter Initiative will be closely scrutinised.
At All Levels, Modular Housing Plans Pick Up Steam
Both Dublin City Council and the Fine Gael-Labour government are moving forward with plans to bring in modular homes for homeless families by Christmas.
Andy: The Government Serves Property Interests
On North Inner-City development, rising rents and the homelessness crisis, the government is looking out for property interests, rather than the people’s interests.
Bob: To Ease Homelessness, We Need Rent Certainty
Until we build more homes, we need to raise the rent supplement, introduce rent certainty and make several other changes, writes Bob Jordan, chief executive of housing charity Threshold.
The Bolt Hostel Falls Vacant, Again
On Friday, housing activists quit a city-council-owned building on Bolton Street that they had occupied, ending a stand-off with Dublin City Council.
Comment of the Week #3, Illustrated
In our illustrated comment of the week, Robert Mirolo depicts one reader’s suggestion that ships could be a temporary solution to Dublin’s housing crisis.
Should Homeless Families Have to Use the Side Door?
Dublin City Council is desperate for hotel rooms for homeless families. Does that mean hotel owners can set any conditions they want?
At Lunch With... Councillor Cieran Perry
Deputy Lord Mayor Cieran Perry talks about his involvement in the 1990s anti-drug movement and how the government needs to move faster on homelessness.
Between Dublin City Council and Bolt Hostel Activists, a Stand-Off
Dublin City Council doesn’t want housing activists to move homeless families into the abandoned hostel now, perhaps because of a plan from an organisation called Novas Initiatives to turn it into social housing later.
Prefab Housing for the Homeless: Could It Work?
Dublin City Council has begun planning for the construction of 400 prefabricated houses to accommodate homeless families. While some councillors are very wary, prefab housing has come a long way over the years and other countries have good experiences with it.
Andy: Viva the Grangegorman Squat
In taking over vacant sites, some citizens are making up for government inaction.