The Programme for Government 2011-2016 commits inter-alia, to (i) end long term homelessness and the need to sleep rough; (ii) review and update the existing Homeless Strategy, including a specific focus on youth homelessness.
A National Strategy for Youth Homelessness was developed in 2001. A review of progress undertaken in 2008 by the HSE in conjunction with other agencies, found that significant progress had been made, especially in the areas of interagency cooperation, early prevention and an ‘out of hours’ service.
The Department has engaged the Centre for Effective Services (CES) to undertake a high level review of the implementation of the Youth Homelessness Strategy, 2001, to establish the extent that the strategy has been successful, to identify blockages and challenges to its implementation. CES consulted with the relevant service providers, NGOs and young people as part of this process.
The report, Every Child a Home: A Review of the Implementation of the Youth Homelessness Strategy, was published in July, 2013.
Trinity College, Dublin also carried out research into youth homelessness, Young People’s Homeless and Housing Pathways: Key Findings from a 6-year Qualitative Longitudinal Study, which was also published in July, 2013.