The initial Licence Agreement allows you to stay at the Foyer for up to 6 months (subject to regular reviews) and can be extended up to a maximum of 2 years. The average length of stay is generally is between 8 – 12 months.
The weekly Licence Fee is €115 per week. The level of Rent Allowance awarded towards your Licence Fee (rent) will depend on your current circumstance which is individually assessed by a Welfare Officer. Residents are usually expected to pay approximately €35 per week personal contribution towards heating and lighting.
You can apply directly to the Foyer. However, if applying directly we do insist that you present yourself to the Homeless Persons Unit in Drinan Street to confirm your eligibility and clarify that you are able to claim Rent Allowance prior to having an interview.
The Foyer accepts eligible applicants who are pregnant. Special circumstances will apply to expectant mothers i.e. the current level of external agency support and agreed move on arrangements in place. For the welfare of the expectant mother and their baby, the Foyer aims to have them resettled in more appropriate accommodation by their 24th week of pregnancy.
The Foyer should not be confused with a hostel or emergency shelter that accepts direct access for people off the street. All residents have to undergo an interview and assessment prior to being accepted. The Foyer ethos requires all residents to demonstrate a commitment towards their own personal development. Therefore residents are expected to work towards agreed goals and attend development programmes as part of their licence to remain at the Foyer.
Foyer staff fully encourages former residents to return to the Foyer if they require further support, would like to attend activities or training programmes, or simply visit current Foyer residents or staff. However, if a resident has been evicted from the Foyer, they may not be allowed to return or some special conditions may be put in place.
Music is allowed to be played in your room provided that you respect that the Foyer is a residential, training and community facility. Other Foyer residents and local neighbours have the right to live peacefully therefore noise must be kept to a reasonable level at all times.
Alcohol or alcohol products are strictly forbidden on the premises or in the vicinity of the premises without prior consent of the Foyer Manager. If you are found to have any alcohol in your possession you will be given a written warning and possibly place your licence in jeopardy.
Guide-dogs for the visually impaired are allowed. If a resident wants to keep a small pet in a cage or tank for example, a hamster or fish etc the Foyer Manager will consider it on an individual basis as to whether the resident is able to care for the pets requirements. It will not be considered until the resident has been living at the Foyer for 8 weeks.
There are no time restrictions on the movements of residents at the Foyer. However, if residents have a commitment to getting up early to attend training, employment or appointments it is expected that they return to the Foyer at a suitable time at night. The movement of residents is monitored by duty staff should a concern become apparent.
Foyer residents are permitted to have a maximum of two visitors at any one time. There is a strict policy in place for visitors under the age of 18. This must be adhered to at all times. Visiting times are:
Visitors should sign in before 10pm, visitors signing in after 10pm are at the discretion of the duty member of staff.
You are only permitted to smoke in your own room. There are 3 designated external smoking areas on the grounds. Ash trays must be used at all times.
There is no guaranteed council accommodation for residents leaving the Foyer. However, the Foyer will encourage each resident to place their name on the Social Housing waiting list giving them the best opportunity of securing accommodation as soon as possible.
The Foyer team will work in conjunction with the resident in finding suitable accommodation, usually rented from a private Landlord, prior to them leaving the Foyer. On very rare occasions, an apartment may be allocated to the Foyer by a housing scheme or agency. The apartment is then allocated to a resident who has shown extraordinary commitment and responsibility to all aspects of their stay in the Foyer, these would include the payment of rent, the attendance of training/education, their work on support plans etc.