The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is one of the largest providers of services to people out of home in Ireland. Every year over 5000 people in Ireland experience homelessness. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul believes that no one should ever have to sleep rough, under any circumstances, and that everyone has a right to a safe, secure and comfortable home.
The Society currently provides services to over 300 people experiencing homelessness on a nightly basis. We have emergency homeless services for men in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Ennis, Letterkenny and Longford. In addition to emergency accommodation the Society also provides a range of tenancy sustainment, resettlement support and day-care services throughout the country.
Our partners De Paul Ireland manages a service in Christchurch Dublin for men out of home, on our behalf - find out more here.
Specialist Women's Services
SVP currently provides two specialist services for women - one a designated refuge in Castlebar, Co, Mayo for women fleeing domestic violence, and another specialist service for women in Longford, out of home. Both services can accommodate women accompanied by their children.
Who can access our services?
SVP provides emergency homeless services to people over 18 years of age. Any person over the age of 18 years, in need of emergency accommodation or support should contact the relevant local service. For longer term support in our services you will ordinarily need to be assessed as ‘in-need’ of housing by the local authority (County Council). In an emergency situation you should contact your local service directly, and after a short emergency assessment (interview) they will advise if and when you need to register with the local authority and help you with any appointments, assessments or form-filling.
Are you out of home? Do you know someone in need of emergency accommodation?
If you are out of home or know someone in need of emergency accommodation, services can be accessed through referral by the local Authority (County Council-Housing department) or on an emergency basis by direct self-referral to the service. Locations of services and contact details are available on the map below.
What you can expect
SVP homeless services do not just provide a ‘bed for the night’. On accessing any of our services you can expect to be allocated a designated Key-Worker. This is a professional support worker who will listen to you and will help and support you in the coming days, weeks or months, to address any issues which you feel may have contributed to you being out of home. Whether there has been a breakdown in relationships, difficulties in work, mental health issues, or other personal or health issues, we will help you to access appropriate specialist services so that you can get back on your feet as soon as possible.