New project in Dublin's north inner city will accommodate former rough sleepers
Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has officially opened new accommodation for homeless people in Dublin.
The Sophia project on Sean McDermott Street incorporates 18 self-contained, one-bedroom apartments for single people and couples requiring intensive support to live independently.
Funding for the initiative was provided under the capital assistance scheme from the then-Department of Housing and Local Government.
The new residents, who were all up until recently homeless, moved into the flats following referral by Dublin City Council.
Nine qualified social care staff are located on site, with two staff members rostered to support service users at night.
The staff also work with residents on individualised care plans to help them overcome their specific challenges.
Minister Coveney said the project will accommodate “some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people” in the city.
“We face a serious homelessness problem, particularly in Dublin, and facilities like this one give people back their dignity.”
One of the residents, a woman called Kelly, told Newstalk.com that her apartment has had a significant impact on her confidence.
“I’m a lot more motivated now,” she said. “I’ve been made to feel like I’m worth something.”
Kelly was a rough sleeper for four years before moving into the flat with her partner in December.
She now hopes to study early childcare in college, and has secured interviews for four different courses.