Perspectives on Irish Homelessness past present and future

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Cover Layout 1 30 06 2008 18 05 Page 2,Homeless Agency and respective authors 2008. The moral right of the Author to be identified as the Author of this Work has been asserted in accordance with. Copyright law, All rights reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any. form or by any means electronic mechanical photocopying recording or otherwise except as permitted by the Irish. Copyright Designs and Patents legislation without the prior permission of the publisher. First published in 2008 by the Homeless Agency Parkgate Hall 6 9 Conyngham Road Islandbridge Dublin 8 Ireland. ISBN 978 0 9559739 0 1, The views expressed by contributors to this publication are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of the. organisation they work for or of the Homeless Agency its Board of Management or its Consultative Forum. Inside Layout 1 30 06 2008 16 42 Page 1,Perspectives on Irish Homelessness. Past Present and Future,D ith Downey,Inside Layout 1 30 06 2008 16 42 Page 2.
Foreword 1,Acknowledgements 1,About the Contributors 2. Introduction 4,Critical perspectives on Irish homelessness 9. Homelessness the 1988 Housing Act state policy and civil society. Brian Harvey 10, Researching homelessness in Ireland explanations themes and approaches. Eoin O Sullivan 16, Homeless policies and services making room for the person. John Mark McCafferty 24,Homelessness and policy matters 33.
Paradise lost or found The changing homeless policy landscape in Ireland. Andrew Brownlee 34, Homeless policy and housing options in three European countries Ireland Scotland and Norway. Isobel Anderson Evelyn Dyb and Joe Finnerty 44,Evidencing homelessness 57. Can we agree the number of people who are homeless and does it really matter. Nathan O Connor 58,Pathways into through and out of homelessness. Jane Pillinger 64,Youth homelessness 75, Young people s pathways through homelessness the offender victmisation nexus. Paula Mayock 76,Homelessness and housing 89, A place to call home Issues in housing provision for homeless persons.
David Burke 90,Chapter 10, Domestic violence and homelessness a practitioner s perspective. Sharon Cosgrove 102,Homelessness and care 111,Chapter 11. The care and case management of homeless service users in Dublin developing the practical and structural supports. Elaine Butler 112,Homelessness and health 123,Chapter 12. Primary care and access to health services in Ireland the example of the Safetynet initiative for homeless persons. Frank Mills Brian MeLaugh and Dr Austin O Carroll 124. Chapter 13,Health and homelessness the Cork model,Don Coffey and Joe Finnerty 132. Inside Layout 1 30 06 2008 17 14 Page 3, Homelessness is among the biggest challenges faced by Irish society As we move towards the end of the first.
decade in this new millennium we should take stock of where we are and what we need to do to meet this. challenge Homelessness however unacceptable in principle is a lived reality that is still manifest in Irish society. Despite the advances made in Ireland over the last 10 years in terms of economic growth and development and. the general success and improvements that came with these positive changes we find that the challenge of. homelessness remains, It is however a challenge that has not gone unheeded or unmet In Dublin the Homeless Agency Partnership. continues to develop effective partnership working between local authorities the Health Service Executive and. voluntary and community agencies working with people experiencing homelessness Over the period this has led. to improvements in the quality and range of services provided for homeless persons and has resulted in a. reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping The support provided to date. by government has also been crucial in bringing about positive change. Nonetheless while the challenge of homelessness not only remains it is also becoming more diverse Likely future. trends in the numbers of persons in Ireland at risk of housing exclusion and homelessness due to the now. apparent slowdown in sectors of the Irish economy must be taken into account alongside the now well. established needs of our existing homeless population The local authority 2008 assessment of housing need and. our own census of homeless service users called Counted In will soon produce a new benchmark in our knowledge. of the extent of the challenge we face, Yet it is a challenge we are better able to meet than before and with a continued allocation of resources and. development of policy I remain confident of our ability to deliver the Homeless Agency s vision set out in our. action plan to 2010 A Key to the Door Our vision is an end to long term homelessness and the need to sleep. rough in Dublin reduced risk of homelessness and the provision of appropriate care and housing to ensure a. person exits homelessness and realises their full potential and rights. This book is therefore timely and relevant to our vision and I would like to congratulate all involved in bringing it. to publication It is a somewhat unique collection of different ideas opinions and points of view from a diverse. group of individuals each with their own experience and understanding of homelessness today It deserves to be. read closely and I hope it will help inform our thinking and the debate over how we meet the challenge of. homelessness in 21st Century Ireland,Kathleen Holohan. Chair of the Board of the Homeless Agency, Director of Housing D n Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Acknowledgements, This publication represents the realisation of an original idea to produce a collection of informative and.
challenging essays on various aspects of homelessness in Ireland It succeeds in bringing together a range of. different perspectives on Irish homelessness from across a spectrum of academic researchers independent. consultants and analysts health and housing practitioners as well as homeless service providers Many people. have been involved in the project including the contributors anonymous referees and readers and thanks are. extended to each person for their co operation interest and expertise A special word of thanks goes to the. Homeless Agency staff involved in the project especially contributors Elaine Butler and Nathan O Connor for their. support and commitment to the project to Lisa Kelleher for her work preparing the book for publication to. Bernadette McFadden for her sterling work as editorial assistant and lastly to the book s editor D ith Downey. without whom this work would not have been brought forward Everybody s contribution is highly valued. Cathal Morgan,Homeless Agency,Inside Layout 1 30 06 2008 16 43 Page 4. About the Contributors, Dr Isobel Anderson works as a Senior Lecturer in Housing Studies at the University of Stirling Her published. research focuses on housing policy and homelessness in the international comparative context She is also a. founder and coordinator of the working group on Welfare Policy Homelessness and Social Exclusion. WELPHASE within the European Network for Housing Research ENHR. Elaine Butler works with the Homeless Agency in Dublin where she is the Integrated Services Coordinator. Her areas of responsibility include the Agency s care and case management strategy and delivery of the. holistic needs assessment project She previously worked in drug education and support and HIV AIDS. support and education She holds a BA in psychology and philosophy a HDip in adult and community. education a Certificate in supervisory management and a Masters in drug and alcohol policy. David Burke works with Focus Ireland as Director of Research Development and Communications Focus. Ireland is an approved housing body and charity providing support services and housing to homeless. households in Ireland David has extensive experience of the Irish social housing sector and is a member of. the Irish Council for Social Housing s Board Sub Committee on social housing development. Andrew Brownlee works as a Principal Consultant with PA Consulting in Dublin specialising in social policy. analysis In 2006 he managed the Review of National Homeless Strategies while with Fitzpatrick Associates. and has also undertaken evaluation work on behalf of the Homeless Agency His knowledge of the homeless. sector is further informed by a year spent working as National Research and Campaigns Manager with the. Simon Communities of Ireland, Dr Don Coffey has worked as a General Practitioner since 2000 Born in Cork he trained in Germany and. Northern Ireland and has worked with Cork s Adult Homeless Integrated Service since its inception in 2002. His special interests include mental health addiction and preventive medicine. Sharon Cosgrove works as a Chief Executive Officer of Sonas Housing Association Sonas is an approved. housing body specialising in providing supported housing to women and children who are homeless due to. domestic violence Sharon has overall responsibility for the management of the organisation and represents. Sonas on a number of regional and national bodies dealing with domestic violence housing and. homelessness, D ith Downey works as a Deputy Director and Head of Policy and Service Delivery with the Homeless. Agency in Dublin He has previously worked with statutory and NGO housing and homeless service providers. in Ireland and Britain as a service manager researcher and as a policy analyst His published work is in the. area of urban policy housing systems and the economy with a particular focus on access to housing housing. affordability and homelessness, Evelyn Dyb is a sociologist and works as Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional.
Research Her main research topics are welfare and social exclusion with specific interest in housing and. homelessness research She is a coordinator of the working group on Welfare Policy Homelessness and Social. Exclusion WELPHASE within the European Network for Housing Research ENHR. Joe Finnerty works as a Lecturer in social policy with the Department of Applied Social Studies in University. College Cork Ireland He is course director of the Higher Diploma in Social Policy His research interests. include homeless policy and provision regulation of the private rented sector uses of social indicators and. young carers He is a coordinator of the working group on Welfare Policy Homelessness and Social Exclusion. WELPHASE within the European Network for Housing Research ENHR. Brian Harvey works as an independent social researcher and policy analyst He is based in Dublin and mainly. works in the areas of social policy poverty equality and community development He has long standing. experience of the world of NGOs and European integration having worked for government agencies. voluntary and community organisations trusts foundations and inter governmental bodies in both parts of. Ireland Britain and continental Europe,Inside Layout 1 30 06 2008 16 43 Page 5. John Mark McCafferty works as Head of Social Justice and Policy with the Society of St Vincent de Paul SVP. He is responsible for gathering the experience of members developing policy and justice positions lobbying. government and influencing public debate and opinion on poverty and social exclusion in Ireland John Mark. holds a Masters in development studies from UCD and previously worked for the Combat Poverty Agency. and Scottish Homes He currently represents the SVP on the Steering Group of Social Partnership and was a. member of the National Economic and Social Council NESC during Sustaining Progress. Dr Paula Mayock works as a Lecturer in youth research at the School of Social Work and Social Policy and. also at the Children s Research Centre Trinity College Dublin Her research focuses primarily on the lives and. experiences of marginalised youth and covers areas including youth homelessness drug use and drug. problems sexuality risk behaviour and mental health Paula is a NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse. INVEST Post doctoral Fellow and author of numerous articles chapters and reports She has recently co. authored the book Lives in Crisis Homeless Young People in Dublin Liffey Press and is a member of the. editorial board of the academic journal Youth Studies Ireland. Brian Melaugh works part time as coordinator of the Primary Care Safetynet Service and as independent. consultant specialising in group and organisational work in the community voluntary and public sectors in. Ireland providing training strategic planning and evaluation services supervision and role consultation. Brian has worked for over 10 years in the voluntary sector and has held a number of senior leadership. positions in the sector including Chief Executive Officer of the Ana Liffey Drug Project and Chairperson of. the board of Cairde, Frank Mills works as a national planning specialist in the Social Inclusion Unit of the Health Service Executive. He has a Masters degree in public administration and has lectured and published in the area of social policy. He has also presented papers at a number of international conferences. Dr Jane Pillinger works as an independent social policy analyst and policy advisor and is based in Dublin She. has been working on housing and homelessness issues amongst other areas for over 20 years is the author. Homelessness and care She holds a BA in psychology and philosophy a HDip in adult and community education a Certificate in supervisory management and a Masters in drug and alcohol policy David Burke works with Focus Ireland as Director of Research Development and Communications Focus Ireland is an approved housing body and charity providing support services and housing to homeless

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