Peter McVerry Trust, with the support of the DRHE and Dublin City Council, has announced this morning that Avalon House will be used as a family hub to support families out of B&Bs and hotels and assist them into housing.
Peter McVerry Trust is committed, in partnership with the DRHE, to reducing homelessness across the city.
We are the lead provider of Housing First, the sole purpose of which is to support rough sleepers into housing.
We have 23 hostels (Supported Temporary Accommodation) which together provide 695 beds across the city delivering vital services to homeless people. We have 7 family hubs supporting 86 families out of B&Bs and hotels and assisting them to access housing.
All of the above we do in partnership with the DRHE, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and with the support of the communities of which we are a part.
Our planned new hostel at Avalon House was a sincere effort on our part to reduce street homelessness in the city.
However, given the concerns raised about the concentration of hostel beds in this area of the city and following consultation with the DRHE, we now propose to reconfigure Avalon House into 30 suite family hub to support families out of B&Bs and hotels and assist them into housing.
This will contribute considerably significantly to the plight of homeless families who need support to move towards housing.
Housing is the primary goal in tackling homelessness and Peter McVerry Trust has increased its housing stock this year by 50 units and will increase this by a further 100 units in 2020.
We have a proven track record of forging strong links with communities across the city and will continue our efforts to do so going forward.