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Annual Report 400 homeless people supported by Salvation Army in Dublin last year

The Salvation Army helped 386 men, women, and children along with a total of 133 families who found themselves homeless last year.

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Eddie Brennan

Eddie Brennan

Eddie Brennan

Almost 400 people were supported through homelessness by a Dublin charity in 2020, a new report shows.

The Salvation Army helped 386 men, women, and children along with a total of 133 families who found themselves homeless last year.

The Christian church and charity organisation also provided beds for more than 400 people in the capital during the pandemic, according to their 2020 annual report.

More than 28,000 meals for adults and children were served and hundreds of food parcels distributed by The Salvation Army’s three family hubs, which also provide cookery classes, tips on healthy eating, sport and physical activities, quiz nights, and spiritual support.

An additional 298 adults were supported by staff at emergency facilities at Coleraine Street, York House, and the Granby Centre.

One service user, Eddie Brennan (54) battled mental health problems, self-harm, and alcohol abuse, spending 20 years inside homeless shelters and psychiatric hospitals.

Opening up about his experience with The Salvation Army, he explained: “I was just going in circles. When you are homeless you are afraid to settle yourself. You’re afraid to get to know anyone because you are always moving on.

“In the hostels, there was nothing permanent. Every six months or so I’d have to pack up and move onto the next hostel so I could never really settle anywhere.”

Originally from Ballyfermot, Eddie now calls the York House Lifehouse in Longford Street his home – along with 80 other men recovering from mental health issues or addiction.

“I have my own key, my own place, a desk and shelves. I have privacy when I need it, but I also know that someone is keeping an eye out for me. As I see it, we’re all brothers and sisters in here.

“Respect and structure and security – if you have those things, you can move forward with your life.”

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