Wednesday 16 October 2019

€30m to bring new treatment facilities and 64 extra beds

Launch: From left, Jimmy Wynn, volunteer facilitator in Aftercare Services, Councillor Alison Gilliland, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Sam McGuinness, Dublin Simon Community CEO at the launch of the Dublin Simon Community annual review yesterday.
PHOTO: Conor McCabe
Launch: From left, Jimmy Wynn, volunteer facilitator in Aftercare Services, Councillor Alison Gilliland, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Sam McGuinness, Dublin Simon Community CEO at the launch of the Dublin Simon Community annual review yesterday. PHOTO: Conor McCabe

Gabija Gataveckaite

Sixty-four extra beds and new treatment facilities will open in inner-city Dublin in 2021 following a €30m investment, it has been announced.

This will bring the existing 36-bed facility in Usher's Island, Dublin 8, to 100 beds. The medical centre provides addiction recovery facilities for homeless people in the city and development will begin this year.

This investment will include the addition of a rapid-access stabilisation programme for homeless people who are HIV positive.

Speaking at the launch of the annual Simon Community report yesterday, Minister Eoghan Murphy said that the Department of Housing was doing all it could to combat homelessness.

"We've looked at every possible solution, we're always looking at new solutions. We know that the fundamental issue for many cases is of supply," he said.

"We still have a lot of work to do."

Irish Independent

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