Lack of help for the homeless
Sir, The response of the Department of Social Protection (February 19th) to welfare payments to homeless people comes straight f adidas originals rom the manual, but bears little resemblance to what is actually happening on the ground.
I know many homeless people who have been, and continue to be, denied welfare payments for weeks, even months, on end. Homeless people are adidas originals routinely told that welfare payments can only be paid if they have an address, and to provide proof of their address, they must furnish receipts for several nights’ hostel accommodation. They are also expected to pay for their several nights’ hostel accommodation, even though they have not yet received any welfare payments!
Dublin City Council will no doubt reply that homeless people are not refused accommodation if they have no money. Again this is straight from the manual, but in practice, a homeless person who contacts the homeless helpline at 2pm (when beds are available) will be asked if they have money to pay for their night in the hostel and if they say “No”, they adidas originals will be told to ring back at 10.30pm, at which time all the beds will have been filled.
Many homeless people, when they seek accommodation, are offered sleeping bags to sleep rough because there are not sufficient beds available. They, therefore, have no receipts and will not be paid. Others choose to sleep rough because much of the emergency accommodation available is full of drugs, their belongings are robbed, their dignity is destroyed. They feel safer sleeping on the streets. They, too, have no receipts and will not be paid.
There is a growing crisis of homelessness which is being ignored. More people will be unable to access a bed when the “cold weather” beds, which were provided several weeks ago, are closed down at the end of March. It is difficult enough being homeless without being penniless as well. To survive, they have no choice but to be adidas originals g, borrow or steal. Yours, etc,