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Depaul Ireland strive to empower our service users to make informed choices and decisions about the way they live their lives. We work in partnership with central and local government, housing associations and other non-governmental organizations. In an indication of the reputation garnered by the charity in her last official engagement, President Mary McAleese, formally opened 18 long term supported accommodation units in a refurbished wing of Back Lane Hostel, Christchurch, Dublin 8. The project was initiated and funded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP). The new units will provide permanent accommodation and support for men who had previously experienced extended periods of homelessness and whose physical or mental health condition preclude them from living independently. Back Lane, which is managed by Depaul Ireland, in partnership with the SVP, has been providing support to people experiencing homelessness in Dublin City Centre for almost 100 years. People present to Back Lane for support with a wide variety of issues including substance misuse, mental health, physical health and emotional support The professional staff and volunteers on site aim to provide a welcoming environment supporting people to stabilize and move forward in a positive way. There is a strong and long held commitment to work with some of the most vulnerable people in the sector. The building which is in a central location now has two types of accommodation on one site. One part of the building will continue to provide an emergency response to homelessness whilst the other will now be home for 18 individuals. Tommy O’Reilly president of the SVP conference said “Back Lane has been providing support to people experiencing homelessness and in a crisis for many years now. We are pleased that we have been able to create homes for people in this refurbished building whilst also maintaining our commitment, in another wing of the building, to support people who are homeless and in need of an emergency response.” The refurbishment of the building also assists in addressing the wider challenges of addressing homelessness in Dublin. The ‘Pathway to Home’ document published by Dublin Regional Homeless Executive outlines the variety of housing options that are required to be in place in order to end long term homelessness. Whilst it is true that some people who are currently residing in emergency accommodation could move into independent living there are a cohort of people who will need supports in place - Back lane has been able to go some way to meeting this need. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul Ireland said “The investment into the building refurbishment by the Society is very significant and has enabled us to support some of the more vulnerable people who have experienced long term homelessness to have a place which they can now refer to as home. The need to address access to housing options for people, and housing with support when needed of which this service is an example, is imperative if we are going to see an end to long term homelessness in Dublin and indeed in Ireland. We are delighted that we are able support these men in their homes and look forward to our ongoing collaboration with the Society in this service” It’s all about home BABI001 A blanket can provide warmth, comfort and security but it is Depaul’s experienced staff and volunteers who provide the human warmth and comfort that the homeless most desperately need. Follow Snow Patrol’s lead and support our appeal this Christmas by donating at DEPAUL IRELAND To pledge a donation text the word BLANKET followed by the amount you wish to donate to 51500 To pledge a donation text the word BLANKET followed by the amount you wish to donate to 51500 (standard rate sms). You will receive a confirmation text immediately and a phone call within 3 working days to process your donation. Full Terms & Conditions apply, to view go to Snow Patrol with Kerry Anthony MBE - Chief Executive Depaul Ireland Photograph by Bradley Quinn Dublin Office, Room BAA5, 18 Nicholas Street, Dublin 8. 00353 (0) 1 453 7111 Registered Charity No CHY14753 Belfast Office, Ravara House, 1 Fitzwilliam Avenue, Belfast, BT7 2HJ (028) 90 647 755 Registered Charity No XR87991 the Public Sector Magazine 41

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