The John's Lane West facility is to be refurbished into 31 new housing units and Focus Ireland are being supported in being able to carry out this work. A plan was put in place and fully implemented whereby alternative emergency beds were put in place in order to facilitate works.
It is important to note that only a small portion of the beds accessed on a nightly basis are allocated on a one night only basis, in order to provide an emergency response to the episodic usage patterns of emergency accommodation of a small percentage of homeless service users, and that people frequently accessing emergency accommodation are moved into rolling beds.
The closure of John’s Lane West has been planned for by all the relevant agencies on the basis that a) alternative emergency beds would be put in place (this did happen via the Peter Mc Verry Trust) and b) the benefit can be gained of turning John’s Lane West into self contained modern housing units for people in need of social housing, which Focus Ireland is currently undertaking.
Dublin City Council wishes to underline that there have been long-term plans for this building and the service provided at Johns Lane West was an interim provision at all times and where we collectively planned for alternative provision in order to progress JLW as a housing project,