People sleeping rough in Dublin count decreased by 9%

People sleeping rough in Dublin count decreased by 9%
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According to the latest Dublin Homeless Regional Executive figures released this afternoon, there was a 9% reduction in the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin compared to spring and winter in 2022.

The Rough Sleeper Count is conducted bi-annually to measure the level of street homelessness in the Dublin region.

Dublin Simon Outreach conducts a headcount of people at risk of or already sleeping rough. This exercise is conducted over a span of an entire week.

In Spring 2023 rough sleeper count was 83 people from March 6th to March 12th, 2023. 71% were male and people ranged in age from 26 to 45.

It is estimated that 48% of homeless people had tents and 5% recently lost their tenancies. 48% of people had booked Emergency Accommodation for at least one night during the count week.

However, only 32% of those invited arrived at their accommodation, while the rest were "no-shows".

During the March 2023 count, 79% of individuals found rough sleeping in the Dublin region were Irish, 19% had EU citizenship, and the remaining 3% had non-EU citizenship.

The Peter McVerry Trust has applauded the reduction in rough sleeping numbers around the city.

Even though Dublin's homelessness figures are still rising, CEO Pat Doyle of Homelessness Ireland sees decreasing numbers of rough sleepers as a success. According to him, it is great to witness those in need transitioning into their own homes.

The Peter McVerry Trust says this was made possible by resources provided by the DRHE through additional emergency beds, intensified street outreach work by the trust and Dublin Simon and an increase in Housing First targets for Dublin, which it says has seen more homes secured for people who were sleeping rough across the city.

Mr Doyle said the key to reducing the number of people sleeping rough is "Housing First." "Our Housing First Intake team provides consistent and effective engagement with rough sleepers across the city, enabling them to move into their own property and out of homelessness for good," he said.