1,087 people were provided treatment, recovery, aftercare and counselling services by the charity last year.

The development will add 64 beds to the 36 at the existing treatment centre, bringing the total to 100.

It resettled 1,050 adults and 1,081 children (928 households) out of homelessness and into homes, a 27% increase on the previous year.

A total of 862 adults and children were housed last year in Dublin Simon Community independent and supported housing for singles, couples and families.

“Today’s announcement regarding the new facility underlines the importance of the provision of additional medical and treatment services, such as counselling, suicide prevention programmes and medical intervention, which have been a key feature of our activity in 2018 and going forward in the new facility,” he said.

The announcement was made at the launch of the Dublin Simon Community 2018 annual report.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF a 100-bed medical treatment and recovery facility for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been given the green light.