Focus Ireland: Invitation to Tender
Focus Ireland is Ireland's leading not for profit working to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. Focus Ireland works with families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in various ways. The Focus Ireland Family Homeless Action Team is the main service working with families experiencing homelessness in Dublin and is partly funded by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. Its staff are dedicated to working directly with families identified as likely to have high and complex support needs, the main goals being to minimise the negative impact of homelessness and assist them in finding suitable housing.
To date, Focus Ireland services have adopted a case management approach to supporting homeless families, combined with specialised child support workers where funding permits. Through this work Focus Ireland has identified a cohort of families with additional and complex needs that require access to specific clinical and specialised support to maintain a sustained exit from homelessness with an accompanying sustained improvement in quality of life. One approach to adequately supporting this cohort of families is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to deliver integrated health and mental health support.
The specific objectives of the research are as follows:
- Examine international best practice and alternative approaches in supporting homeless families with additional and complex needs through a comprehensive literature review.
- Assess current service provision for currently homeless and recently housed families with additional and complex needs through engagement with key stakeholders, frontline support workers and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
- Appraise the value and impact of a MDT approach to families experiencing or at risk of homelessness with additional and complex needs including a detailed operational plan for a MDT service, including cost projections.
- Produce a comprehensive and robust report to inform Focus Ireland management and potential funders of such a service.
Further details are included in the tender document. The closing date for this application is June 28th 2021. All applications and any queries can be directed to Daniel Hoey, firstname.lastname@example.org.