The Simon Communities of Ireland commissioned this piece of research as a follow-up to ‘Finding The Way Home’. In light of the Government’s commitment to end long-term homelessness by implementing a ‘housing-led approach’, this research explores the experiences of the Simon Communities introducing ‘housing-led’ services. The research was undertaken by Mark Bevan with Nicholas Pleace of the Centre for Housing Policy in York University and was designed to help inform and critically assess the use of housing-led services as a response to homelessness at both a national and local level. A summary of ‘Which Way Home?’ can be found HERE
Homelessness is often considered to be an urban phenomenon, however it is an issue experienced in many rural areas too. It is often hidden in rural contexts, which can make it more difficult to see and measure. There is a lack of robust data on homelessness in Ireland in general, and virtually no data relating to rural homelessness. It is impossible to assess the extent of rural homelessness in Ireland. ‘Left Out In The Cold’ aims to explore the experience of rural homelessness in Ireland, explain how rural and urban homelessness differ, and highlight some of the challenges that arise for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and for the providers of homeless services.
The Government has signalled an intention to seek to end long-term homelessness and the ‘need to sleep rough’ by implementing a housing-led approach in Ireland combined with an increased focus on preventative services. The Simon Communities of Ireland commissioned ‘Finding the Way Home’ with a view to exploring the potential effectiveness of housing-led services in meeting the needs of people who are homeless with support needs in Ireland. The work was undertaken by the Centre for Housing Policy and was designed to help inform and critically assess the use of housing-led services as a response to homelessness at both national and local level.