On this day, World Refugee Day – June 20th, we wanted to discuss how the Direct Provision Resettlement Programme we launched in 2017 has helped people leave Direct Provision and get the keys to their own home.
When we piloted the programme in March 2017 it was delivered in partnership with our colleagues at the Jesuit Refugee Service. Our team engaged with people in Clondalkin Towers, Dublin and Knockalisheen, Co. Clare.
The pilot was very successful, housing over 140 people from the two centres mentioned above. As a result of the success of our work, a national scheme was implemented in 2019 and is funded through the Department of Justice.
Providing pathways out of Direct Provision
Since launching in April 2019, Peter McVerry Trust’s Resettlement Service provides housing progression support across 31 accommodation centres throughout much of the southern half of Ireland.
The areas covered include Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow and Westmeath, where there are currently approximately 700 people staying in accommodation centres.
People we have helped
Esther was in Clondalkin Towers when our team engaged with her and supported Esther and her family into their own home.
“It is very, very good for children to have their own home because now they know they are not different from other families,” Esther said.
You can listen to Esther’s story below.