If you are from the European Economic Area* but are not an Irish citizen, and you are at risk of becoming homeless you may be eligible for social welfare support. This will depend on your residency status, the length of time that you have been in the country, your financial situation (means) and if you have worked in your home country or Ireland and are able to demonstrate this.
If you are unable to demonstrate that you have worked in your home country or in Ireland, you will probably not be eligible to receive social welfare support or long-term housing from your local authority. However, you can contact the 24 hour Freephone 1800 724 724 and will be provided with an emergency response/ temporary accommodation on a 1 night basis. You will then be required to present to the New Communities Unit to further discuss your support options.
The New Communities Unit,
77 Upper Gardiner Street,
Tel: 01 6732030
Please access this service Monday to Friday 10am – 11.30am / 2pm – 3.30pm
Some Dublin health centres have workers who speak Central and Eastern European languages or can assist with translation services. They also provide meals and other support including shower facilities, benefits advice and housing support.
You can find a day service in the Are you homeless section.
Crosscare provide information, advocacy, support and referral services to refugees and aslyum seekers who need help with: social welfare applications and appeals, homelessness or at risk of homelessness, accommodation issues, health issues, asylum process, family reunification, citizenship and support with integration.
2 Sackville Place
Tel: 01 873 2844
MRCI provides information, advocacy and assistance on social welfare entitlements. The resource centre offers a frontline drop in service, and a phone and email service to assist with queries nationally.
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland,
55 Parnell Square West,
Tel: 01 8897570
The Barka Foundation is a Polish non-governmental organisation; it reconnects people who are from Eastern Europe and experiencing homelessness in Dublin to return to their home country, giving them a chance to rebuild their lives through a programme of assistance, education and access to employment.
Barka work with people who are rough sleeping, who are accessing accommodation on a one night only temporary basis and who are usually not entitled to social welfare support.
It is possible to contact Barka through the day centres in Dublin, particularly the Mendicity Institution (Charitable Trust) who have been involved in a pilot programme with Barka and Dublin City Council since 2013 and who have successfully reconnected 74 people back to their home country.
Mendicity Institution, Island Street, Dublin 8
Tel: 01 6773308
Reception and Integration Agency (RIA)
RIA arranges for the repatriation of EU12 (the 10 Accession States from 1 May, 2004 plus Bulgaria and Romania from 1 January, 2007) on an agency basis for the Department of Social Protection.
Reception and Integration Agency,
P.O. Box 11487,
If your entitlement to remain in Ireland has expired or you are illegally residing in the state, an option that is available to you is to voluntarily leave the state before a deportation order is made against you through the IOM. The Department of Justice and Equality, in conjunction with the IOM has been offering voluntary return programmes for asylum seekers and other irregular migrants in Ireland since 2001.