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Anyone in Ireland who believes they are homeless can request access to shelters/emergency housing. However, whether or not the individual will be provided with access will depend on whether they are eligible.
Eligibility is determined by the local authority, which will assess an individual seeking shelter based on their need for emergency accommodation.
If the person is not an Irish citizen, access may be dependent upon residency rights, the length of time the person has been living in Ireland, and also how long they have been living in a specific area.
Documents may vary depending on the local authority requirements. However, the following documents are likely to be required to assess eligibility:
This may vary depending on the local authority and the accommodation available.
Hostels, the main form of emergency accommodation provided for a single homeless person, can be used as long or short-term accommodation, on a night-by-night basis or on a rolling booking weekly basis. Some hostels even provide Supported Temporary Accommodation, which is a three-month placement.
As a starting point, persons over 18 seeking shelter/emergency housing in Ireland should contact the local authority to access accommodation. The local authority will assess whether a person is eligible for support. Individuals should go to the nearest Garda station if the local office is closed.
For persons under 18, it is the responsibility of the Child and Family agency to assist.
If you are not an Irish citizen but from the European Economic Area or any country outside Europe, there is a 24-hour freephone on 1800 724 724. Individuals who call this number will be provided with an emergency response / temporary accommodation for one night. Following this, the individual will need to go to the New Communities Unit in the local authority to see if they are eligible for social housing support.
Local NGOs include the following:
Bright Sky Ireland is a free app that connects victims of domestic violence and abuse to advice and support services across the country. It enables users to locate their nearest support center by searching their area and provides information about different forms of abuse.
The following are local NGOs which can provide refugees with legal support:
We are unable to comment on the extent to which these organizations can be considered trusted organizations however, it is noted that each organization is listed on the UN Refugee Agency website as a local non-governmental organization that can provide refugees with legal or social support.
When compiling the instructions, we relied on the help of volunteers and lawyers from different countries. If something went wrong – the organization didn’t respond to you, you found a bug or the instructions weren’t precise enough – tell us about it. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org