Social worker in talks in effort to help homeless
SOCIAL workers say they are in talks in a bid to ensure homeless people discharged from hospital will be prioritised for accommodation.
It has emerged frail homeless patients now have to rely mostly on themselves to secure accommodation after discharge.
The Irish Independent revealed that a liaison officer, previously employed by the Department of Social Protection to prioritise homeless patients for accommodation after discharge, has been withdrawn.
Social workers stressed they continue to provide a service to the homeless. An instruction not to carry out the work of a liaison officer was given by the union IMPACT to staff at Dublin City Council's placement service who have a statutory responsibility for the homeless.
The Department had to divert the funding instead towards its outreach clinics which are coming increasing pressure because of the rise in the homeless. The social workers are in talks to try to resolve the issue.