Who We House

HAIL provides accommodation for people with a range of housing need, however our primary objective is to respond to the permanent accommodation requirements of those with mental health difficulties.

Ballymun tenants Mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety can affect any one of us. Approximately 300,000 people in Ireland have a mental health disorder at any one time. It is a fact that mental health disorders cause more distress and disability than any other kind of health problem. People with mental health disorders meet prejudice and discrimination in every area of their lives, from finding a home to seeking employment. The stigma that is attached to mental health disorders results in many people being identified as different and treated as odd. Once people with mental health difficulties are labeled different it is difficult to lift the stigma and in time they believe that they are odd and do not fit in. It is not surprising that many people with serious mental illness end up isolated and homeless.

There are many people who have had their lives changed completely through depression or mental breakdown. For some their situation is compounded by a housing problem, which can have a detrimental affect on an individual achieving integration into their community. HAIL attempts to redress this by providing a housing and support service, which offers a holistic response to the needs of our target group.

People with mental health disorders are less likely to find good housing and employment. Mental health disorders can destroy lives breaking down relationships and breaking up homes. One in 4 people will seek help with a mental health disorder during their lifetime. The Dublin Region Homeless Executive estimates of the population of people who are homeless approximately 40% have mental health difficulties.

(C) HAIL 2012