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Department’s Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Crisis

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 (Coronavirus) a pandemic. On this page you can find out more on how this department’s policies are responding to the crisis.

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Housing and Homelessness

The department, the Dublin Regional Homelessness Executive, Non-Government Organisations and local authorities (councils) across the country have been working alongside the Health Service Executive (HSE) to protect those in ‘emergency accommodation’ during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.

A range of measures are now in place and are reviewed every day:

  • local authorities have secured additional emergency accommodation to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to facilitate the isolation of confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19
  • the department has made available additional funding to operate the additional facilities
  • the department continues to work closely with the HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team in relation to the response for homeless households
  • the department has issued guidance prepared by the HSE to local authorities that are engaging with their service providers on the necessary measures
  • local authorities are working closely with their HSE counterparts at the local level