4th December 2018
Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, formally launched 13 new social housing units in Dublin city centre on 4 December 2018. The units, which will provide housing for people who have been impacted by homelessness, have been delivered in partnership with the Housing Agency and Dublin City Council. The official opening was performed by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Regeneration, Damien English TD.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “We are absolutely delighted to launch these new apartments. It is always a great day to be in a position to hand over a set of keys to a new tenant knowing that they have left homelessness behind for good. Everyone who is allocated one of these new units will receive ongoing, professional support from our Housing with Supports team. That team will ensure that the new home is the first step for people and families in their journey back to education, training or employment or simply a happier life.”
“Peter McVerry Trust has been working extremely hard to bring forward new housing solutions for people in homelessness. These 13 units launched today have been secured through our partnership with the Housing Agency, who have helped us to bring back these long-term vacant units as part of their €70 million rolling fund, to acquire and then sell on units to approved housing bodies. The project was also backed by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Dublin City Council.”
Mr Doyle said this would be one of a number of new developments the charity will deliver in the next 3 months. “Fortunately, we are now seeing the fruits of months and years of hard work to bring forward new housing projects. In the next few months, we will open other new social housing developments in Dublin and other areas. This means more homes for people impacted by homelessness, particularly single people who make up the majority of those in homelessness.”