The Dublin Simon Community Addiction IN reach Homeless Action Team Services (HATS) is focused on providing a supportive, comprehensive service at the mid stages of Addiction Recovery. Each individual’s transition to and through recovery is a deeply personal process and is generally seen as a personal journey rather than a set outcome.

In 2018, our Homeless Action Team continued to provide a safe and supportive low-threshold, post-treatment, move-on service that supports clients to identify suitable move-on options, working with 139 clients in the year.

“I definitely would not be where I am today without the help of Simon. They really built up my confidence, held on to me and made me believe in myself. Some days are tough but with the Simon Community I have a lot of support and that really makes the world of difference.”

– Sharon, Simon Client

The Addiction IN reach HATS Service is a low threshold service targeted specifically at people that are in Addiction Treatment, are homeless and or at risk of becoming homeless. The service is provided for up to six months in duration.

Addiction IN reach HATS: Our aim is to provide a safe and supportive low threshold post-treatment move on service. To support people that want to find their next step in move on’s, whether that be to further treatment, long term STAs, private rented or a facilitated return to friends and family. We do this through the use of the Housing Needs Assessment and the PASS system.

Staff: There are two trained Addiction HATS Project Workers who are experts in the area of Homelessness, Addictions and related behaviours, who ensure the running of the service on a daily basis. These support clients from within the Dublin Simon Community treatment services, as well as the HSE continuum.  In addition, the service is managed by the Dublin Simon Community Addiction Treatment Services Manager with responsibility for Addiction Recovery, Aftercare Addiction Support and the Addiction HATS Team.

We understand that coming in to begin the process can be an anxious time and a stressful event for clients and we would like to reassure them that they will be kept safe and supported during the process.

The Service: Clients availing of the service attend one to one key- working and HATS information Clinics are provided weekly to discuss issues such as personal matters, registrations, changing local authorities, privately rented sourcing, HAP payments, STA placements etc. The team work with clients on an individual basis to address their particular needs and to help support them with any barriers they may face in the next step move on options.

  • 18 years and over, male or female
  • Registered as homeless with any of the four Dublin local authorities.
  • Clients who are homeless/at risk of homelessness and engaged with addiction Treatment services
  • Clients that meet the criteria above and are alcohol and drug free
  • Clients who are stable on low dose prescribed medication
  • Clients that actively engage in their care plan, the service and one-to-one key-working

There is a detailed referral form which can be obtained by contacting the office on 01 679 2391. The office is open Monday to Friday 9-5. Please ensure that the form is completed in full with a signed Referrers letter attached, stating that the client is fit for undertaking the HATS Service. Referrals are accepted from Addiction Treatment Centres.