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DUBLIN City Council is seeking private businesses to supply supported temporary accommodation and permanent housing support in the ongoing battle against the homeless crisis in the capital.

The council has launched a tender for two contracts, with the successful business expected to operate in three premises in the city.

One of the contracts proposed by the council is for the operation of Maple House on the North Circular Road.

It is seeking a company to take over running a supported temporary accommodation scheme for the homeless there.

Applicants have been asked to prove they can provide "quality temporary accommodation for persons experiencing homelessness and support the progression of persons into appropriate long-term housing".

The facility has 34 beds for single males and single females, along with nine apartment units accommodating three couples and six singles.

It currently operates on a 24-hour basis to accommodate 46 people in all.

A usual stay at the accommodation is no longer than six months, according to tender documents seen by the Herald.

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The council has also begun searching for permanent on-site care for homeless people who are unable to live alone.

"It is acknowledged that, for a smaller cohort of formerly homeless people who may not be able to live independently, who present with complex and multiple health/social support needs, there will need to be intensive and a high level of on-site healthcare and housing supports made available as appropriate," it said.

The document revealed that the successful bidder will operate the Oak House facility on Benburb Street.

This facility has been operating as a housing support for 32 single men, but when the new contract is awarded it will be a 34-bed facility for men and women.

From this summer, 32 of the beds will be allocated for permanent on-site housing support.

The remaining two have been earmarked as cold weather initiative beds from November to March and respite beds from April to October.

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