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The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has strongly backed the modular housing units being considered to tackle Dublin’s housing & homeless crisis. The charity has called for emergency powers to be given to local authorities to ensure units can be delivered before summer 2016.
Speaking this morning from the test site in East Wall the charity’s CEO Pat Doyle said “The main concerns that people have had about modular housing centred on the issues of quality, cost, and delivery times. I think this test site has added to the existing international evidence on modular housing and all of those questions have all been answered positively.”
Fr Peter McVerry, the charity’s founder, has also backed the modular housing units ” I fully support the use of modular housing as a temporary solution to homelessness. I have seen today high quality, well designed, well finished units that will make good homes.”
Mr Doyle said that “What Peter McVerry Trust wants to see happen, and what needs to happen, is for modular housing to start coming on stream before Christmas. Our concern is that without the power to fast track through the planning and procurement procedures we won’t see any modular housing until summer 2016 at the earliest.”
Declare an emergency
Mr Doyle said that in order for that to happen the Government needed to declare an emergency in housing and homelessness. “We have a homeless and housing crisis, in a few weeks time as winter begins we will be in an outright emergency as the numbers continue to rise. If the Government was willing to show leadership and declare an emergency Local Authorities would have the power to fast track the development of housing units on 20 sites which have already been identified in Dublin.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said “We will support every effort made by the Department of the Environment and the Local Authorities to get modular housing on site and to get homeless people into their own homes. Peter McVerry Trust is willing to play whatever role it can to help bring these units to fruition.”