Dublin Simon Community 100-bed Health and Addiction Care Centre to open mid-year

Funding still awaited to meet completion deadline

by Rose Barrett
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Billed as Ireland’s first-of-a-kind health and addiction care facility supporting homeless adults to transition out of homelessness, Dublin Simon Community’s 100-bed Health and Addiction Care Centre is on track to be completed by mid-2024.

The six storey over basement facility is located at at Usher’s Island, in the Liberties, Dublin 8. 

Majella Darcy, Director of Programmes, Dublin Simon Community says, “The facility will be a game-changer for both the health sector and the homeless community as when fully funded it will save millions each year for the health system by reducing the burden on public hospitals. Research tells us that homeless adults are six times more likely to attend A&E, four times more likely to be admitted to hospital, and stay twice as long as people with similar symptoms who are housed.’’  

“The facility will also generate savings in excess of €22m annually to the HSE along with delivering a projected reduction in the region of 33,000 bed days required in acute hospitals and/or emergency department beds in the Dublin area.” 

Despite significant construction progress, confirmation of funding is still pending by the Department of Health and the HSE in order to get the facility up and running, with the funding amount confirmed to date only sufficient to operate 100 beds for less than two months.  

“Adequate funding will enable us to recruit staff highly skilled in working with adults experiencing multiple traumas and triple diagnoses. It will also enable us to add 50 very much needed short stay, health, and addiction homeless-specific beds to the greater Dublin area. Without funding we will need to close some of our existing beds. These existing services have been running at a deficit for over 15 years.” 

Dublin Simon Community’s services include: 

  • Outreach support for those rough sleeping  
  • Emergency accommodation for those in immediate need  
  • Treatment, counseling, and recovery services for homelessness with addiction issues  
  • Long-term supported accommodation for individuals requiring ongoing support  
  • Independent housing units for those capable of living independently  
  • Tenancy support and homelessness prevention services  
  • Resettlement services for individuals transitioning out of homelessness  
  • Education and employability services for skill-building and stable employment     

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