Kildare County Council issued the tender on Sunday, which is worth an estimated €702,000 for Housing First services over a three-year period.
The towns of Newbridge in Kildare, Navan in Meath and Bray in Wicklow have been identified as the towns around which the Housing First service will focus due to the existing availability of services in these areas.
Housing First primarily caters for adults, and has already housed people who would have been seen as the most entrenched, long standing rough sleepers – those who may have been on the streets for years and completely lost touch with the system.
Latest figures show that there were 6,584 adults and 3,794 children – 10,378 people – recorded in state-funded emergency accommodation in April.
While the number of children in emergency accommodation fell by 27 when compared with the previous month, the overall number of people increased by 73 over the same period.
Source: Hayley Halpin, Seán Murray and Cormac Fitzgerald, The Journal, 25th June 2019