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Homelessness

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, there is support available


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A homeless person is someone who has nowhere to live or who lives in a hostel, institution or a night shelter because they don’t have a home.

Different types of homelessness include

  • Visible homelessness – on the streets, sleeping rough, in shelters.
  • Hidden homelessness – in temporary and insecure, low quality or overcrowded housing with relatives or friends, bed and breakfasts or squatting.

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless there is support and help available.

  • Contact the Homeless Person's Unit Freephone number on 1800 724724 for advice and information on emergency accommodation.
  • You can also contact Focus Ireland’s Advice and Information service on 01-6712555. They can help you find a bed for the night, help you find food, help you with money and employment issues, and provide advice and support.

If you are living in an abusive home and need to leave, there is support available for you. Find out more about escaping abuse here.

If you are a young person who is leaving state care, you can get support from EPIC and other agencies. EPIC have produced Pathways, a guide to leaving care, that you may find helpful.

Help with housing costs

If you are struggling to afford rent and are at risk of losing your home, there is some support available.

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Published Jan­u­ary 22nd2013
Last updated May 21st2018
Tags homeless housing poverty accommodation
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