People Encouraged To Report Rough Sleepers During Freezing Weather
Over 100 extra emergency beds have been put in place to get homeless people off the streets as Storm Emma takes hold.
Snowfall is expected from this evening, with the worst of the weather expected on Thursday and affecting mostly the east and the south.
Homeless charities are putting emergency measures in place with all charities and services increasing capacity with camp beds being erected.
Some extra camp beds set up at one of the @Dublin_Simon homeless facilities. People being encouraged to report rough sleepers on https://t.co/7pPVpVhFpI #TheBeastFromTheEast pic.twitter.com/suh4qYZg7e— Kim Buckley (@KiiimBuckley) February 27, 2018
People are being encouraged to report it if they see rough sleepers over the next couple of days.
In Dublin you can do so on HomelessDublin.ie for anyone outside Dublin, they can contact their local authority.
Claire McSweeney from Dublin Simon says 'rough sleeper teams' are being deployed to let people know what weather is in store, and to encourage people to come inside.
'We've already seen a big drop this week in the number of people choosing to sleep out'.
Dublin Simon is appealing for people to donate clothes, blankets, pillows and portable heaters (must be new in box).