Peter McVerry Trust opened its first regional office in Drogheda, Co Louth in September 2018. The office serves the Louth, Cavan and Monaghan area. Our work in the North-East is focused on housing and aftercare.
Peter McVerry Trust signed the Housing First contract for the North East Region on Tuesday February 18th 2020.
The contract will see Peter McVerry Trust work with Louth County Council, Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council to to deliver individual homes for people rough sleeping in the region.
This model is hugely successful at re-housing and supporting the most complex cases in homelessness. It gives people a key to their own home and the wraparound supports needed to help integrate into their communities.
In 2020, with a Year One target of 11 tenancies, Peter McVerry Trust created 20 Housing First tenancies in the North East Region and continued to provide pathways out of homelessness for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
We have been operating in the North East since September 2017 supporting single people and people exiting prison.
We work with Louth County Council to support individuals into their own accommodation, and for a minimum of six months after entering their own accommodation.
We assist individuals with No Fixed Address, in emergency accommodation, in supported temporary accommodation (STA) and transitional housing. This is to support individuals into long-term accommodation through approved housing bodies, housing assistance payment (HAP) and local authority housing
All referrals come from Louth County Council. We work in conjunction with other local homeless services, probation services and community welfare officers.
Staff in the drop in service in Drogheda can assist with the following:
• Support completing forms- eg: Housing application form/HAP form/Medical card form etc
• Information direction
• HAP property search
• HAP preparation- info re gathering references, copies of ID etc
• Information regarding local services; eg: CWO, HAP Clinic, Homeless Clinic, Addiction Services, Family Support Services, Intreo, etc
Watch the video below to learn about how we support clients such as Alan to live independently.