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    Youth Homelessness in the Dublin Region: A profile of young, single emergency accommodation users in 2016, 2017 and 2018
    (Focus Ireland, 2020-06-30) ;
    On behalf of Focus Ireland I am pleased to welcome the publication of ‘Youth Homelessness in the Dublin Region’. This is the first instalment in our new ‘Insights into Youth Homelessness’ series, which will build on our successful ‘Insights into Family Homelessness’ series.We hope that this new research series will inform more effective responses to youth homelessness by policy makers and homeless service providers. In this respect this publication is particularly timely because the recently published Programme for Government 2020 commits the new government to ‘develop a National Youth Homelessness Strategy’. This report will provide valuable information to inform this strategy because it presents the first analysis of quantitative data on young people who use emergency accommodation for homeless people in Dublin. The report fills important gaps in our knowledge of why this group enters homelessness and when and how they leave homelessness and enables further exploration of some of the insights generated by the qualitative research into youth homelessness, most recently Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker’s book entitled ‘Living in Limbo: Homeless Young People’s Paths to Housing’ (2017)1.It is also important to acknowledge that this report would not have been possible without the support of Focus Ireland’s donors and valuable collaborations. In 2018, Focus Ireland’s Research Sub-Committee decided, in response to an invitation from Professor Michelle Norris of UCD, that it would part fund a PhD as part of the Irish Research Council (IRC) Enterprise Partnership Scholarship Scheme. This important scheme is an opportunity for voluntary sector organisations, with a commitment to research, to work with leading academics and support doctoral research. It has enabled Focus Ireland to support Cliodhna Bairead’s very useful PhD research on homelessness among single people in Dublin. The report is also the result of a collaboration with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) which provided access to the high-quality data examined in this report.1 ‘Living in Limbo’ was commissioned by Focus
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    Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community
    Qualtiative study of the experiences of former asylum seekers transitioning from direct provision to the wider community. Conducted in collaboration with the Irish Refugee Council.
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    Transitions Into, Through and Out of Homeless: Quantitative Analysis of Administrative Data on Single Adults' Emergency Accommodation Use in the Dublin Region between 2016 and 2018
    (University College Dublin. School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, 2022) ;
    This thesis employs statistical analysis of administrative data on single adult users of emergency accommodation for homeless people in Dublin. Together with theories of ‘housing transitions’ (e.g. Beer, et al, 2011; McNaughton, 2008) and the structural, experiential and life course factors which shape these, a new framework has been generated to analyse, explain and predict patterns of entry and exit from homelessness and of emergency accommodation use. In addition to making an original theoretician and empirical contribution to research on homelessness this analysis has the potential to inform the reform of homeless service to maximise rates of exit from homelessness. The data, which cover the period 2016-2018, are drawn from a local government managed on-line database which records each homeless person's emergency accommodation use, their demographic characteristics, personal histories and medical and addiction treatment. They were collated, cleaned and analysed using a variety of statistical techniques including, descriptive statistics, cluster and regression analysis. This analysis suggests that extensive literature on homeless emergency accommodation use underestimates the importance of stability of service use in predicting chances of exiting homelessness. Many homeless people use this accommodation solely for short-term emergency housing and then leave without support. However, very stable emergency accommodation users, who use this accommodation for 95% or more of their period of homelessness, are more likely to remain homeless for longer and to need support (eg, social housing provision) in order to exit. Patterns of emergency accommodation entry, usage and exit also vary significantly across the life course and depending on prior and concurrent significant life crises. Homeless people of all ages are highly likely to have experience of institutional living in prison, residential care or mental health or additional treatment facilities for instance. For young people entry to homelessness is associated with breakdown of relationships with parents or caregivers.