Sunday 25 September 2016

Policy aims to ease homeless crisis with supports

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

The Government has committed to trebling funding for mental health and primary care services for homeless people to €6m in an effort to tackle the mounting homelessness crisis. Stock photo. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Government has committed to trebling funding for mental health and primary care services for homeless people to €6m in an effort to tackle the mounting homelessness crisis. Stock photo. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Families living in homeless accommodation will have access to more educational supports and free public transport passes under a new policy to be launched next week.

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The Government has also committed to trebling funding for mental health and primary care services for homeless people to €6m in an effort to tackle the mounting homelessness crisis.

The policy will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone, Health Minister Simon Harris and Housing Minister Simon Coveney next week.

It will set out a range of measures including providing nutrition plans for families, alternative spaces where children can complete their homework and a family can cook a meal together, and family days out.

Some 300 homes for the long-term homeless, up from 100 this year, will also be provided.

"Homelessness requires a very strong housing and health response," a source said.

"We're very focused on getting families out of hotels and into a much more normal situation, but we cannot forget the more traditional homeless people.

"That will require a very significant investment."

The policy will be launched next Thursday.

Irish Independent

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