Thomond House Emergency Accommodation Services
Thomond House Womens’Shelter is the flagship of the organizations services. The service opened in 1994 and it has served the city and region as a tremendous housing vehicle for more than two decades. The service provides up to 24 beds / places of emergency accommodation and supports for women over 18 years who are “at risk” and homeless. A needs assessment and housing evaluation informs placement and care planning. The emphasis is on the homeless persons’ wellbeing and finding them suitable housing. Service delivery is in partnership with the Statutory Multidisciplinary Homeless Action Team (H.A.T.) which includes: Coordinator, Team Leader, Public Health Nurse, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Resettlement Officer, Community Welfare Officer D.S.P., Youth Worker, Tenancy Sustainment Officer and Occupational Therapists.
Thomond House Emergency Accommodation Services Programme
• Comfortable secure accommodation is provided together with the basics of food, clothing and personal items. Full board is provided for residents of Thomond House.
• Staff and residents at Thomond House Scheme make people welcome, try to assuage their fears and help them relax in their new environment.
• A contact person is linked with new residents to familarise them with the scheme’s services.
• A key worker ensures that each client’s health, social and housing needs is assessed. This assessment is carried out in collaboration with the Statutory Multidisciplinary Homeless Action Team.
• Through ‘Individual Care Plans’ the client is given support, guidance and appropriate referral to tackle issues identified in their needs assessment.
• In the delivery of support services the complement of Thomond House staff is backed-up by the ‘Statutory Multidisciplinary Homeless Action Team’ (H.A.T.) The Thomond House Emergency Accommodation Service is staffed 24 hourly for 365 days of the year.
• Settlement life skills training programme: home making, personal care, budgeting, hygiene, cooking and socialisation.
• In so far as is possible, residents are linked with family and friends.
• Clients are supported by Thomond House and the Homeless Action Team Staff in locating Private, Council or Voluntary Housing Agency long-term accommodation.
Homelessness and Integration
Community integration is the opportunity to live in a home in the community and be participant in life like everyone else. Temporary and Transitional Accommodation support programmes for homeless people will enable and empower most people to achieve a level of stability to live independently. The challenge is then to secure mainstream housing. For those with vulnerability and complex needs there is a requirement for placement in appropriate long-term supported housing schemes or housing first.