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Emergency Accommodation Survey Proposed

Emergency Accommodation SurveyA proposed survey of homeless people who have experienced emergency accommodation aims to identify the difficulties inherent in using the service and explore why some people feel safer sleeping on the streets.

The quality of emergency accommodation available to homeless people is so poor that many feel safer sleeping on the streets, said a recent edition of Working Notes. An article in the journal listed some of the problems which are endemic in this cramped dormitory-style accommodation including bullying, violence and drug abuse.

Peter McVerry SJ has often shared his views about the nature and quality of this type of accommodation and said that a survey of the views of homeless people who have accessed emergency accommodation 'would be devastating'.

As a response to this, the Dublin Inquirer is trying to crowdsource funding to hire a research company to survey 150 homeless people about their experience of hostels which offer emergency beds.

The aim of the survey is to collate the information and present it to homeless agencies and policy-makers with the hope that it will be a step towards improving standards in emergency accommodation.

To find out more about the survey and help the Dublin Inquirer to reach their funding target click here 

 

Posted in Housing & Homelessness News

Tags: Homelessness, Housing Crisis, Peter McVerry

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