Inner City Helping Homeless was founded in November 2013 as a result of the increased number of people sleeping rough around Dublin City. Members of the local community in the North Inner City came together to do a soup run around the city and on the first night over 40 volunteers turned up wanting to help. By 2014 ICHH was operating a 7 night a week outreach service all across Dublin City and we secured our first premises on Killarney Street, Dublin 1. ICHH now have over 200 volunteers on our books and our office on Amiens St is open 14 hours a day, 5 days a week.
The ICHH outreach volunteers are on the streets of Dublin city and surrounding areas 7 nights a week. The volunteers leave our office on Amiens St at 11pm on designated walking routes on both the northside and southside of the city. They bring supplies such as tea, coffee, soup, pot noodles, sandwiches, fruit, water, hats, scarves, gloves, clothes and sleeping bags. Most importantly they offer empathy and compassion as a simple chat can mean so much to people sleeping rough around the city.
ICHH offer a 7 day advocacy service assisting homeless individuals and families and educating them on how to navigate through homelessness. As the number of homeless families and children has increased over 200% since 2015 the demand from families needing assistance in getting out of homelessness has increased. Over 3,000 children are now homeless in Ireland and ICHH have stepped in on numerous occasions and accommodated families that were left with nowhere to go.