Open Letter to Whitefriar – Aungier Area Residents and Businesses from our CEO, Pat Doyle
Dear Residents and Businesses,
I am writing on behalf of Peter McVerry Trust to give you an update on our plans for Avalon House, Whitefriar Place in partnership with Dublin City Council and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. As we continue to engage with community representatives and the resident’s committee wewanted to make sure that the wider community, has the most up-to-date information on our plans.
Currently, the two most pressing demands we face in responding to homelessness are providing emergency accommodation for single people and for families. Originally, we planned to use Avalon House to help provide emergency accommodation to single people. However, given the feedback received from the community, including at a public meeting, we then changed our plan and will now use Avalon House to provide emergency accommodation for up to 25 families. This will not result in an additional homeless accommodation service in the area as we will be closing our emergency homeless facility for single men that has been operating on Aungier Street since 2012 when the new family accommodation opens.
We all want people to have a home of their own, but the unfortunate reality is that there is not enoughsocial and affordable housing to support individuals and families impacted by homelessness. At theend of October 2019 there were almost 1,300 homeless families in Dublin with 2,800 children.
Peter McVerry Trust currently operates 12 high standard family accommodation facilitiesincluding accommodation at Glasnevin, Malahide, Blackrock, Blanchardstown, Swords and Monkstown in Dublin. All of these facilities are embedded in the communities in which they operate and have minimum impact on the local area and that is our intention with Avalon House. Families who become homeless and are placed in hotel and B&B accommodation tell us that they need morespace and more privacy, cooking facilities, laundry facilities and more storage facilities.
The family accommodation we will provide in Avalon House will have on-site access to cooking facilities, food storage facilities, laundry facilities, a study area for school-going children and an indoor children’s play area. Each family will have its own suite to ensure privacy and space. We have already moved 62 families into their own long-term accommodation from our family facilities this year.
We would like to assure you that the delivery of this service to families will occur with the minimumimpact on people living or working in the local area.
If you would like to contact us in relation to this family accommodation please call 087-7657115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org