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Empty Homes

Since World Homeless Day 2014 (Oct 10th), Peter McVerry Trust has been campaigning for State led action on empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces.

Peter McVerry Trust strongly believes that addressing these issues can play a significant role in improving housing availability, housing affordability and reducing and ultimately eliminating homelessness. 

To date (April 2017) Peter McVerry Trust has brought back over 50 units of accommodation into use and created an 18 bed homeless hostel from underused space. This work demonstrates the potential to deliver significant quantities of homes and other forms of accommodation needed in Ireland today. 

On the menu on the right hand side you will find pages with information relating to our ongoing work as well as information relating to our projects and empty homes in general. 

 Help us Map Empty Homes, Derelict Sites and Underused Spaces

Reusing Dublin was initially created and developed by Aoife Corcoran and Philip Crowe. Their research project, Reusing Dublin, was part of a wider EU FP7 funded project called TURAS (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability).

The website provided a valuable resource to map and track vacant and derelict sites. It brought attention to an issue largely ignored in public discussions on housing and land use.

In 2016, as the research project drew to a close, Peter McVerry Trust engaged with Aoife and Philip with a view to using their resource and concept to create a campaign platform. The campaign will concentrate on the need to increase housing supply and availability as well as improve land and property management systems. Ultimately, it is hoped that the campaign will result in a number of positive social impacts as well as delivering an improved urban environment.

The new phase of Reusing Dublin operated by Peter McVerry Trust will seek to increase public and political awareness of the issues and provide access to news and information related to vacancy and dereliction in Dublin.

Visit www.reusingdublin.ie and follow us on Twitter @reusingdublin