Respond Family Hub’s

Family Hubs are a caring new model of accommodation for families experiencing homelessness. They include wrap-around services to help families be in a better position to move into their own homes in the short-term. Designed as a better alternative to commercial hotels and B&Bs, Respond is rolling out this model in other locations in partnership with local authorities.

Respond Family Hub  – Springfield, Tallaght

Springfield Family Hub is Supported Temporary Accommodation for families experiencing homelessness.The aim of the service is to support families to progress along a pathway out of homelessness, through the provision of temporary emergency accommodation with appropriate supports.

The service consists of 7, two bed apartments and two accommodation units, a communal sitting room, an arts and crafts room and a children’s play area on our rooftop.

Our team is made up of two project workers who are assigned to individual families to provide support and address areas of concern identified by their clients by developing support plans together, this may include exploring the educational, medical, emotional and financial challenges and identifying how they can best address their needs.In addition on our team we have a Housing Officer who is tasked with ensuring that all residents are actively engaged in finding long term housing options including HAP.

Our Housing officer engages with and builds relationships with local estate agents and landlords to help identify suitable properties for our residents to view, in addition she has built good relationships with the staff in SDCC and regularly advocates to them on behalf of our residents The Housing Officers meets with all residents on a regular bases and her sole focus is Housing. We also have a Childhood Development worker on the team whose aim is to develop and implement a range of needs led, outcome focused support programmes for all the children and young people in the service.

As part of an initiative rolled out by High Park Hub we are currently considering implementing a pilot scheme for outreach for families who move on from Respond Family Hub, in conjunction with DRHE.

Respond Family Hub – High Park, Dublin

High Park Family Hub is Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) for families experiencing homelessness. The aim of the service is to support families to progress along a pathway out of homelessness, through the provision of temporary emergency accommodation with appropriate supports.

The service consists of 34 accommodation units, 8 communal kitchens and laundry rooms. We are currently reviewing some of our vacant units, with the possibility of creating some more communal space for families. There is a large dining room where we have our Breakfast Club for all school going children in the service and where an evening meal is provided for all families. We also have a family room where we arrange activities such as parties, discos, art classes, exercise classes, mother and toddler groups and cinema nights. We have a team of Housing case workers who work with the families to develop a support plan that outlines their progression into long term housing. We also have a Childhood Development worker whose aim is to develop and implement a range of needs led, outcome focused support programmes for all the children and young people in the service.

Currently, we are implementing a pilot scheme for outreach to families who move on from Respond Family Hub, in conjunction with DRHE. This will be rolled out until January 2019. It will be reviewed then, and we hope it will be an ongoing part of the services we provide.

Respond Suaimhneas – Limerick

Respond in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council and the HSE opened Suaimhneas in 2002 to accommodate the growing number of families in Limerick experiencing homelessness.  Suaimhneas allows families to reside in a safe, secure and nurturing environment until such time as their long term housing needs are met.

Suaimhneas provides temporary emergency accommodation to women and their children experiencing homelessness as an alternative to B&B accommodation. The service provides accommodation for 6 families at any one time within a residential complex that has an element of communal living. All families are accommodated through a referral process in partnership with LHAT. Suaimhneas supports families to progress along a pathway out of homelessness through the provision of temporary emergency accommodation, while using the methodology of case management of the family’s needs, thus enabling them to access appropriate and affordable long tong accommodation.

Suaimhneas is Respond’s longest running homeless service and since opening has provided accommodation and support to 387 families including 742 children.

St Lawrence Road Family Hub,  St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin

St Lawrence Road Family Hub is Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) for families experiencing homelessness. The aim of the service is to support families to progress along a pathway out of homelessness, through the provision of temporary emergency accommodation with appropriate supports. We have a team of Housing Case Workers who work with the families to develop a support plan that outlines their progression into long term housing.

The service consists of 11 accommodation units, a large shared kitchen and a laundry room. We have a dining room where we have our breakfast club, as well as a play room, sitting room and family room, where we arrange activities with the families and have cinema nights.