Focus Ireland was founded over 35 years ago with the belief that homelessness is wrong and can be put right when the correct supports and resources are in place. Today, it is one of Ireland’s leading housing and homelessness organisations and provides services and housing to 14,000 people a year who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Focus Ireland is a pioneer of Housing First in Ireland and a leader in developing the programme across Europe, shown in the role it played in founding of the Hub and initiating the Irish Housing First Platform.
Focus Ireland runs Housing First programmes in partnership with local authorities and the Health Service Executive in 9 counties across Ireland. Its Housing First teams support entrenched rough sleepers and long-term emergency accommodation users to move into a new home, sustain their tenancy and address their personal goals through the provision of ongoing, time-unlimited, intensive support. Focus Ireland has also piloted a range of innovative programmes which apply Housing First principles to young people with complex support needs, through their Housing First for Youth projects.