The Dublin Housing First Demonstration Project has completed a review of the first year of the project and the report was presented to the Steering Group on Thursday July 26th 2012.
The researchers, Dr Ronni Greenwood and Frank Munnelly, highlighted a number of positive aspects to this project, noting that for each participant in a tenancy, the impact on their quality of life was profound and life changing.
While the number of persons in tenancies is still very low at the end of the first year, the researchers endorsed this model of working, as an effective model for housing and supporting people who had been sleeping rough for many years, with very high support needs and who traditionally have not engaged with services.
''For the individuals who are in receipt of housing and services, year one has been an unqualified success".
The researchers made a number of recommendations, so that the project can be improved and to increase intake in 2012 - 2014.
The following are the criteria for the person to participate in the programme:
- Has a broad range of significant support needs
- Has not engaged effectively with available accommodation or support services
- Agrees to participate in the project
- Will accept home visits
- Will pay rent
- Homeless history: must have extensive rough sleeping history, with the following levels of prioritisation:
1. Currently rough sleeping with extensive rough sleeping history
2. Recently rough sleeping with extensive rough sleeping history
3. Homeless for many years with extensive rough sleeping history
The Steering Group acknowledged the significant contribution the Team Leader and the Housing First Team members have made in providing excellent and intensive support to persons leaving extensive histories of rough sleeping. The team is multidisciplinary and sourced from a number of key service providers and includes:
- Housing Services and Team Leader : Stepping Stone
- Substance Use Specialist/ Psychiatric Nurse : National Drug Treatment Centre
- Training, Education & Employment Support : Business in the Community
- Peer Support/Advocate Worker: Stepping Stone
- Housing Support : Stepping Stone
- Support Worker : Dublin Simon
- Support Worker : Focus Ireland
- Support Worker : Peter Mc Verry Trust
Eleven self- contained scatter-site housing units were provided for use in this project during year one. The Steering Group acknowledged the support of the following housing providers:
- Stepping Stone
- Dublin City Council
- Peter Mc Verry Trust