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Peter McVerry Trust, the charity working with homeless youths, has said the proposed cuts to Dublin City Council’s budget for homeless services in 2014 could undo much of progress that the sector has achieved in recent years. The charity also said the Government’s goal of ending long term homelessness by 2016 would be seriously undermined by any further cuts to homeless services.
Commenting on the proposed budget Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “Peter McVerry Trust has been working closely with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and Local Authorities in Dublin in recent years to protect frontline services. Even though there have been cuts in funding from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the HSE we have done that by making services more efficient and effective.”
“However, Peter McVerry Trust has also had to increase the amount it raises from the public and through their generosity we were able to raise €2 million in 2013 to provide additional bed capacity, and develop new services to help more people exit homelessness in Dublin.”
“Therefore it is frustrating for those working in the sector that despite the progress that has been achieved we are now faced with a situation whereby that work could be undone by a €6 million cut to homeless services. If this budget is passed with cuts to homeless services there is a very real risk that services will close at a time when 6 new people a day present as homeless and at time when we are trying to end long term homelessness by 2016.”
Concluding Mr Doyle stated “Any budget cut will impact on the most vulnerable group of people in Dublin City and will trap many people in homelessness because they cannot access the supports and services needed to find a pathway to home. Ultimately, it will cost more in the long run to address this issue if our budget is cut in 2014.”