Focus Ireland Lunchtime Talk - Emergency homeless shelter use in the Dublin region 2012–2016

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Lunchtime Talk Wednesday 13th November

Emergency homeless shelter use in the Dublin region 2012–2016: Utilizing a cluster analysis of administrative data

Speaker: Dr Richard Waldron, Queens University Belfast

Details: Ireland is currently in the grip of a severe housing crisis that has been marked by a dramatic increase in homelessness and severe pressure on the State’s emergency accommodation system. This discussion draws on data from a national homelessness services database (PASS system) to examine the patterns of emergency accommodation use by the homeless population in Dublin City. The paper applies a k-means cluster analysis to determine different subgroups of Dublin’s homeless population (n = 12,734) and analyses their rate of movement through homeless services between the years 2012 and 2016. Results for Ireland show patterns similar to those reported in the US, Canada and Denmark, where a small number of chronic users of homeless accommodation account for a disproportionately large share of resources (i.e. 50% of total bed nights). Importantly, there is also significant demographic variance between differing sub-groups of homeless services users. The findings have implications for the operation of emergency homeless accommodation in Ireland and, in particular, the targeting of interventions and the re-directing of resources away from emergency accommodation responses towards a more effective emergency accommodation system for all stakeholders.

About the Speaker: Dr Richard Waldron is a Lecturer in Urban Planning in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests relate to the intersection of urban planning policy, housing markets and strategies of urban economic development. His doctoral research (2014) examined the social and economic consequences of the Irish property market collapse and mortgage arrears crisis. Dr Waldron’s work has been funded by the Irish Research Council and the Urban Studies Foundation. Alongside Dr Declan Redmond (University College Dublin), he has formed key research partnerships on the issue of homelessness with Dublin City Council and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.

Date/time: Wednesday 13th of November, 1pm – 2pm

Venue: George’s Hill Chapel, Halston Street, Dublin 7. Click here for map.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. Please RSVP.


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