- Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
The Government of Ireland’s Roadmap for reopening society can be viewed here.
The DRHE is working closely with the four Dublin Local Authorities and Homeless service providers in coordinating the response to COVID-19 related public health concerns among users of emergency accommodation and rough sleepers. In this regard, a homeless services specific HSE guidance note has issued to all local authorities and service providers (see below link for your information). In addition the DRHE has been consulting with service provider partners re contingency plans across Homeless Services and have introduced a range of precautions aimed at minimising the risk of infection among service users and staff.
The DRHE is closely monitoring the evolving situation and will activate contingency plans as and when required.
You can also contact the HSE for further information as they are the primary lead in terms of response on matters relating to public health. HSELive helpline on 1850 24 1850 for further advice.
Testing on any suspected cases is arranged via GPs or Safetynet.
Safetynet Primary Care is a registered charity funded by the HSE, it offers a comprehensive primary health care service targeted at people who are experiencing homelessness in Dublin. The programme makes services more accessible by locating medical and social support services in the agencies and services where homeless people attend for support. Safetynet are currently carrying out Covid19 testing in our hostels where they are prioritising the most vulnerable. In addition, the HSE has put plans in place to ensure additional services required by our clients, outside of COVID 19 continue. Phone 1800 90 71 90
HSE Guidance for Homeless and Vulnerable Groups
- Covid 19 GuidancePDF (481.28 KB)
- Covid 19 Public Information PosterJPG (743.93 KB)
- Guidance For Vulnerable GroupsPDF (144.89 KB)
- Covid 19 Guidance For Vulnerable Groups SettingsPDF (184.72 KB)
HSE Hand Washing Technique
Useful External Links
- HSE Coronavirus Homepage
- HSE – Health Protection Surveillance Centre
- Covid-19: HSE Generic Guidance to be Applied in Community Care Settings
- Threshold – Independent advice for Renters
- Residential Tenancies Board
Dublin City Council
6-9 Conyngham Road,
Dublin Region Homeless Executive
Block 1, Floor 2,
Dublin City Council Civic Offices,
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead statutory local authority in the response to homelessness in Dublin and adopts a shared service approach across South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Fred decided today he needed a stroll: COVID-19 is really getting into his psyche and he is feeling the pressure mentally, emotionally, socially and otherwise. It is so easy to criticise and blame but truly to see people homeless in these horrific times of COVID-19 sitting on the damp ground hoping to get a few euros from the irregular shoppers outside the supermarkets sends shudders up one’s back. There is nothing you can do but say hello and give some money or food. Today, yet again I spoke to Dave. For years he is a constant in his Dublin 2 location ie while he waits to gain access to his hostel. Yes there are still hostels who are closed off to their residents during the day. As the snow falls please think of Dave sitting in the hope that someone will have a few words to say to him and give him money for a better class of hostel that allows him to spend his day in the shelter of a comfortable space to be in. These people pay money for these hostels; it can be as much as £60 or even more so hence they beg. Let’s remember these are the people who are brave enough to go to the hostel; as RTE Investigates clearly exposed there are those who are too afraid to stay in the hostels because of theft, bullying, illegal drugs, drinking and who live in tents or doorways.