Focus Ireland

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Focus Ireland is a nonprofit organisation based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland that provides services for people who are homeless and people at risk of homelessness. Focus Ireland works helping over 14,500 people each year who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. Focus Housing Association provides a place to call home for over 1,100 households in Ireland. The charity provides services in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Sligo, Kildare, Carlow, Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford. It is the largest national voluntary association in Ireland.[1]

Focus Ireland was founded by Sister Stanislaus Kennedy in 1985. [1] Its stated mission is "to advance the right of people-out-of-home to live in a place they call home through quality services, research, and advocacy". In 2017 it spent €26.3 million to that end.[2] Focus Ireland receives approximately half of its budget each year through State funding and has to raise the other 50% through generous donations from the public, events and corporate support. A total of 89 cents of every euro Focus Ireland receives is spent directly on the charity’s work challenging homelessness and changing lives.

There are a record number of nearly 10,000 people homeless – Shockingly, nearly 4000 are children. Always get all the most recent homeless figures for Ireland here. Focus Ireland – in partnership with the State - manages to help at least one family a day to secure a home and leave homelessness. However, the crisis continues to deepen as one family becomes homeless every 8 hours in Ireland. Focus Ireland has repeatedly called for urgent increase in the provision of social and affordable rental housing and for the State to move away from its massive over reliance on providing housing in the private rented market where rents are constantly increasing.

Focus Ireland works to influence the social and political environment in which Ireland operates by,undertaking a programme of national and local research projects, policy analysis and development. This work helps the organisation to identify the needs of their customers and to lobby for changes in public policy and provision for those experiencing homelessness. By developing evidence-based research and policy they hope to influence young people. In recent years Focus Ireland have started to lean more towards working to prevent homelessness and taking a ‘Housing Led’ approach, providing a secure home first, with support to stay in your home; but the chronic shortage of homes has held this back, as has lack of government priority. Under Focus Ireland's current 2017 - 2020 Strategy Plan[3], their current aims focus on two key areas:

  • Preventing homelessness; this means working with young people, adults and families who are facing homelessness to ensure they keep their homes.
  • Supporting people who are homeless to move on into secure homes; Some people and families who become homeless can find their own route out, but many others require support in finding accommodation and support in holding on to their new home. Some need this support for only a few months, others might need it for the rest of their lives.

References s[edit]

  1. ^ a b Depuis, Nicola (2009). Mná na hÉireann: Women who Shaped Ireland. Mercier Press. p. 127. ISBN 9781856356459.
  2. ^ "Focus Ireland 2017 Annual Report" (PDF).
  3. ^ "2017 - 2020 Strategy Plan" (PDF).

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