Every day that goes by with hundreds of families in Ireland without an acceptable place to call home is a day when we have collectively failed to deliver on peoples universal Right to Adequate Housing.

GSI believes that Adequate Housing goes beyond a roof over one’s head. It allows people to lead decent, dignified and rewarding lives. The right to housing is an entry door to the enjoyment of many other fundamental Rights.

At GSI we work with some of the most vulnerable groups in Irish society, providing Adequate Housing so that the vulnerable, the elderly and refugees, especially women, are able to lead dignified lives.

Housing for the elderly

Older people are one of the most vulnerable group with regards to housing. The 2016 census revealed that 6 percent of those over 60 years of age were homeless, 4 percent overall were over 65 years of age.

Currently in Ireland, over 460,000 people – that is at least one in 10 of the population – are over the age of 65. By 2041, it is estimated that at least one in four people will be over the age of 60. The homelessness trend for older people is set to rise given the decline in homeownership.

Aside from accessing a house, the elderly are at increased risk of loneliness and isolation. In response to the specific needs of the elderly, GSI is undertaking research into alternative models for housing for the elderly that foster social contact and a sense of community and combat loneliness.

Housing for Refugees

Over 4,000 people in Ireland live in direct provision. Over 1500 of these people have spent 5 or more years in the system, while more than 600 have spent in excess of seven years living in these accommodation centres. For many who secure refugee status, many end up de-skilled and de-motivated after years in the system.

GSI provides adequate housing and integration support in partnership with other agencies to ensure that those securing refugee status can participate fully in Irish society and lead productive, prosperous, and fulfilling lives.