5 years ago, Sophia opened a unique service in Dublin. One that addressed a need to support couples who were experiencing homelessness. The innovative service gave couples who have complex support needs a home of their own with wrap around on site supports available 24 hours a day.
The 18 apartments most of which overlook a quiet and peaceful communal garden were officially opened by Minister Simon Coveney on the 22nd of June 2016.
This trauma-informed service is aligned with the core principles of Housing First, providing permanent homes with flexible onsite suppose for as long as is required.
Since then the service has been highlighted as a best practice supported housing example in both European publications and at the United Nations.
The Sophia model of care is one that recognises that poverty and trauma are key causes of homelessness. It also recognises that the key intervention to break the cycle of homelessness and give people the time and space to recover from their traumas is providing permanent homes with support.