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For the duration of the current crisis staff working in homeless NGOs providing emergency accommodation to homeless households are deemed essential personnel. Staff involved in the provision of private emergency accommodation (Hotels and B&Bs) are also categorised as providing essential services to our most vulnerable.

The local authorities are working closely with the HSE and NGO service operators to ensure services are maintained and that movement of individuals residing in emergency accommodation is minimised. Additional beds have been provided nationally to ensure that individuals required to self-isolate can do so. Read more here.


The HSE National Office for Social Inclusion has designed a page for homeless service providers and staff, people who are sleeping rough and those living in homeless accommodation, to provide up-to-date advice and information on how to respond to COVID-19 and take care of yourself and others. Visit page here.