Dublin Simon Community provide High Support Housing projects for people with high support needs who have experienced homelessness and are unable to live independently. Residents receive assistance with life skills, health and welfare, education and training.

Over 360,000 meals were provided across our residential services during 2018 with our kitchens providing nourishing food to improve wellbeing.

“I was delighted when I moved in and I loved it straight away. Here you have your own room and your own key.  You can come and go when you like. The staff are very helpful, whatever you need they’re there for you all the time. Everyone is friendly and we do lots of things together.”

– Mark, Simon Resident

All of our programmes in High Support Housing are based on the needs and wants of the residents and each service planned and organised fun and interactive ways to achieve these objectives and ensure maximum participation and benefits. We also have a Primary Care Support Service across Housing Services that works across our housing services to improve healthcare for residents. For information on our services please click on any of the links below.

Chester House High Support Housing service on North Circular Road provides accommodation High Support Accommodation for single people who are homeless with mental health, addiction or personal care needs. Residents are mostly people who have been homeless for long periods of time and who do not have the capacity to live independently. Every resident has their own room and there are also large communal rooms and gardens. The project operates a case management system where staff provide support to residents through individualised support plans. Residents are also taught life skills to increase their ability to maintain independent or semi-independent living.

Riversdale House Permanent High Support Accommodation provides housing for men and women whose health and other needs are such that they are unable to live independently. It is staffed on a 24 hour basis by experienced care workers and trained volunteers.

Individualised care plans are developed in order to build skills, increase independence and enhance a person’s quality of life. Should the needs of residents change, our staff team work to refer the resident to more appropriate accommodation.

When a resident has successfully overcome issues which prevented them from accessing mainstream housing, they will be referred to housing such as voluntary, private rented or local authority accommodation. When care needs increase a resident may be referred to services such as a hospice or a nursing home.

Oak House is one of Dublin Simon Community’s High Support Housing units. The services houses 32 individuals in long term supported accommodation. There is also the capacity for two additional emergency beds which are accessed daily. The age profile of residents varies, with the youngest being in their twenties and the oldest in their eighties. Many of the residents in Oak House have a history of rough sleeping and/or accessing emergency accommodation.

All meals are provided and all food is prepared and cooked onsite. Residents have access to a keyworker, as well as support from the wider staff team, with the goal of sustaining them in their accommodation. All staff work closely with services in the community to ensure residents receive the level of care appropriate to their needs. A comprehensive key working and case management system operates to ensure that residents have access to appropriate services and supports in areas such as; mental and physical health, stabilisation, welfare, education and training. Social activities are planned weekly, internally and externally, to combat social isolation and foster a sense of community.