Contingency Plans Activated for Extreme Weather

List of Enhanced Day ServicesMonday 26th February 2018


DRHE – Contingency Plans activated for Storm Emma and #BeastFromTheEast


The impact of severe weather can be immediately life threatening to people who are rough sleeping and it is essential to have a coordinated response in order to mitigate against the risk of exposure.  The DRHE has coordinated and implemented contingency plans that will operate for the duration of the Yellow Status Warning.  These include:-


  • 125+ emergency placements specifically targeted at people sleeping rough, these can be accessed through our Central Placement Service in Parkgate Hall which is open to provide information and assistance.  Where possible these placements will be made for the week and are provided in facilities across Dublin by the Salvation Army, Peter McVerry Trust, Crosscare, Dublin Simon, Depaul, Private Emergency Operators & Merchants Quay Ireland.
  • Our Freephone service will open earlier this week from 10 am to 2 am
  • All the main service providers have agreed to keep accommodation open for 24 hours period including utilising communal spaces for supplementary shelter
  • Fingal, South Dublin and DunLaoghaire Rathdown County Councils have arranged for additional accommodation to be provided
  • Dublin City Council is providing an additional overflow facility at a City Centre Sports Centre  which will be managed by Peter McVerry Trust
  • We have contacted all Private Emergency Accommodation Providers who will remain open and accessible during the Yellow Status Warning period
  • Enhanced day services will also be operating – see attached
  • The Housing First Teams will have two additional teams operating each day for the week


We are asking the public if they come across people sleeping rough to please report to


We are in contact with all service providers, days services, drop in centres and outreach teams to inform them what enhanced services are available for service users.  We will use @homelessdublin for further updates as required.


We are confident that there will be sufficient additional emergency spaces for anyone that seeks shelter.  The DRHE funded Housing First outreach teams (Focus Ireland & Peter McVerry Trust) are operating throughout the day to engage with people at risk of rough sleeping and provide them with shelter.  We are extremely grateful for the ongoing cooperation and assistance from our partners in the charity sector including the many service providers and all those involved in the voluntary sector.


We have asked Private Emergency Providers to remain open 24 / 7 for the week also (meals will be provided).  The majority of services are 24/7, but there are also extended day services – see below.



Please Note:


  • MQI Extended Day Service will open on a 24hr basis from Tuesday 27th to March 2nd for clients – details to be confirmed tomorrow 27/2/18


    • MQI Café will open nightly at 10pm from Feb 23rd to March 4th Inclusive
    • The Sunday services will open at 10am and close at 1.30pm – Night Café opens at 10pm.
  • Depaul:

    • Brú Open 24hr from Feb 27th to March 4th inclusive
    • Mount Brown will open 24hrs Feb 26th to March 4th inclusive
    • Little Britain Street open 24hrs Feb 28th to March 2nd inclusive
    • Blessington Street open 24hrs Feb 28th to March 2nd inclusive