Finding the way home: Housing led responses and the homelessness strategy in Ireland

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This research was designed to explore the potential
effectiveness of housing-led services in meeting the needs of
people who are homeless with support needs in Ireland. The
work was undertaken by the Centre for Housing Policy for the
Simon Communities in Ireland and was designed to help
inform and critically assess the use of housing-led services as a
response to homelessness at both national and local level.
The research was designed to gather the views of people who
were homeless, front line and management staff delivering
homelessness services within Simon Communities and the
views of other homelessness service providers on the potential
use of housing led services in Ireland.

The key questions for the research centred on whether
housing-led services would represent an improvement on
existing practice in service delivery in Ireland. The research
was intended as a critical appraisal of the adoption of the
housing-led approach in Ireland, looking at the international
evidence, the opinions of people who were homeless and
service providers and asking them to consider the merits and
demerits of housing led responses in relation to existing
homelessness service provision in Ireland. In summary, the
research explored whether a homelessness service model that
has at the time of writing been developed primarily in North
America was a suitable and effective way to tackle
homelessness among people with support needs in Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSimon Communities of Ireland
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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