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A new service is to be offered by An Post to allow those experiencing homelessness to access an address to avail of vital services.

The new service, Address Point, will allow people who are homeless to access an address to be able to make medical appointments or to apply for jobs.

Those who wish to use the new service will be able to do so through a post office of their choosing.

An Post is working alongside homeless charities and service providers to put the finishing touches to the new offering, with Address Point expected to be launched in the near future.

Brian McLoughlin, head of communications for Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), told Dublin Gazette that the charity welcome the new initiative, as a lack of an address has been a huge problem for many homeless people.

McLoughlin said: “We welcome the initiative from An Post for anyone who is homeless to have a postal address at their local post office, as this has been a huge issue for people over the past number of years.

“ICHH has served as a postal address for many homeless people that use our services, to enable them to receive post relating to social welfare payments, medical appointments and job applications.

“We have also strongly advocated for people who are homeless to be able to vote in local and general elections, as their vote is just as important as anyone else’s.

“It would also mean they get to have their say in elections that could have a long-term impact on the homeless and housing emergency, and their voices need to be heard.”

Currently, there are almost 10,000 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation across Ireland.

The announcement of Address Point comes after An Post unveiled a brand refresh and two new sub-brands, An Post Money and An Post Commerce.