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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. 

Empty Homes Conference 2017

Empty Homes Conference 2017


Peter McVerry Trust organised Ireland’s first Empty Homes Conference on march 9th, in Croke Park. The conference heard from a range of Irish and international speakers on issues relating to data and information, planning and building regulations and practical delivery.

All presentations can now be downloaded via Dropbox at the link below.


Conference Agenda

You can download the Conference Agenda below.

Conference Registration

Now Closed

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Peter McVerry Trust’s Empty Homes Projects 

Peter McVerry Trust , is a housing and homeless charity. It is an approved housing body (AHB) with a specialisation in housing those exiting homelessness. Our participant profile is made up mainly of young single males in the 18-35 year old demographic. Single households represent the single largest household type in homelessness. Despite this fact provision of social housing for single persons remains far below the levels need to house homeless individuals and individuals on the general social housing waiting list.

In order to provide the type of accommodation needed by the participant group our strategic objective is to secure 450 housing units by 2020. At the moment we have in excess of 220 residential units and are progressing a number of capital projects. You can see some of the projects we have undertaken to date in the area of empty homes in the pdf document.


reusing dublin

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 @reusingdublin

Rising Home – UCD & Peter McVerry Trust

UCD Rising Home

In 2017, Peter McVerry Trust has partnered with UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy on the Rising Home series. Below is brief description of what the #risinghome initiative is all about:

#risinghome is an ongoing programme that seeks to consider the Irish home as it is and as it might be. It aims to link the authority, agency and independence of individual citizens with the provision of homes in Ireland. In an effort to providedesign ideas rather than fixed solutions, the programme will strategically provide new ideas about models of home provision and specifically discuss issues of quality in home design. Directly the studio aims to produce evidence that will be enthusiastically shared, debated, discussed and developed across the semesters. This is #risinghome3.

A seminar was held with participation by students and lecturers in February, 2016, on the issue of reusing existing vacant structures to provide accommodation. Guest speakers included Francis Doherty (Head of Communications Peter McVerry Trust), Orla Hegarty (Architect MRIAI and Lecturer, UCD APEP) and Mel Reynolds (Architect MRIAI).