Digital Hub to serve as a refuge for homeless

by Gazette Reporter
The Digital Hub continues to expand with 16 new companies relocating there in 2017

THE IDLE Digital Hub building will be used by Dublin City Council to provide additional emergency beds in response to the homeless crisis and as part of the Cold Weather Initiative from November 24 until the end of April 2016.
A minimum of 100 single beds will be allocated to the Winter Temporary Night Shelter and will be in the Liberties.
A total of 75 beds will also be allocated across all homeless services, including 20 single beds to be put in place during extremely cold weather.
The aim of the Cold Weather Initiative is to prevent fatalities and/or serious harm and provide an emergency humanitarian response to the needs of persons who may be sleeping rough during cold weather.
It provides dedicated additional beds to the existing number of beds available on a nightly basis in the Dublin region.
Fourteen family supported units will be put in place on Finglas Road, Glasnevin later on in November with onsite support provided by the Peter Mc Verry Trust.
Twenty-five family supported units will also be allocated at Ballymun Plaza with Inreach support provided by De Paul, and 80 rooms will be allocated in a location that is still to be confirmed.
Eighteen units will also be put in place as long-term supported accommodation on Sean McDermott Street with onsite support provided by Sophia Housing Association.
These facilities are dedicated assessment centre units, which provide support which is either on site or on an in reach basis.
The Children and Families Homeless Action Team has also been given approval to raise its staff capacity to 25 project workers, in order to respond to the increasing support needs of families. Arrangements are being put in place whereby Tusla and the HSE (public health nurses etc) will ensure the co-ordination of their existing services on an inreach basis into the above family provision.
There are currently 637 families without a home in Dublin. A draft budget for next year has planned a spend of almost €40m to go towards “housing and building”, which Cllr Daithi Doolan has described as “a drop in the ocean”.
Cllr Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council housing committee (SF), has responded to the budget saying: “Dublin is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. We are set to spend over €91m on homeless services in 2016. That’s up from €70.5m for this year. Linked to this we have 22,000 housing applicants on our housing list. This is unsustainable. “
The move comes as proposed sites for modular housing for homeless families were announced at Poppintree in Ballymun, Mourne Road in Crumlin, Belcamp Avenue in Coolock, St Helena’s Drive in Finglas, and Cherry Orchard in Ballyfermot.

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