Dublin City Council officially opened Brú Aimsir, today, one of the core services of their Cold Weather Initiative (CWI) in Dublin 8.
The service is provided by Dublin City Council and the state-funded organisation Crosscare has operational responsibility for the day-to-day management of the service.
The CWI is in place to provide a humanitarian response to persons, who are at risk of rough sleeping, with the aim of preventing fatalities and/or serious harm from cold weather temperatures.
The service will provide accommodation for 80 single men and separately for 20 single women.
All referrals and bookings into the service, are managed by Dublin City Council’s Homeless Central Placement Service.
Persons accessing the service will be provided with a light meal in the evening and breakfast in the morning. Showers and laundry facilities will also be available.
A range of health supports will be available on-site, including nursing, GP cover, and holistic therapies.
Voluntary groups are participating in the delivery of social and recreational activities including art, photography, music, etc
The 100 single beds in Brú Aimsir are in addition to a further delivery of:
· 75 ringfenced beds across all homeless services in Dublin region
· 20 single beds (extreme cold weather service)
· 37 family units
· 18 couple units
· 80 additional rooms for families currently being confirmed