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Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the result of today’s vote in the European Parliament where MEPs adopted a resolution calling on the EU to develop a strategy to address homelessness. The vote followed a discussion earlier in the day where MEPs from all the main political groupings called on the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor to develop such a strategy.
Speaking following confirmation of the resolution’s adoption Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The adoption of the resolution which followed on from a positive debate between MEPs and Commissioner Andor earlier today should mean that a coordinated strategy is created at EU level to provide additional supports and resources to agencies fighting homelessness.”
“The resolution contained many important principles not least the fact that any future strategy developed by the Commission should include support for housing first approaches, cross border homelessness, help improve services, prevent homelessness and make youth homelessness a priority. The resolution also makes explicit references to the importance of social housing in addressing homelessness. It will also give greater prominence to the issue of homelessness in other areas like the Social Fund.”
Concluding Mr Doyle outlined how the charity has already taken steps to input into EU policy on homelessness “Peter McVerry Trust is already active at the EU level having recently joined the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless, FEANTSA. This will allow us to share best practice from our own work, learn from our EU counterparts and help us access EU funding to fight homelessness in Ireland. We have also been engaging with Emer Costello MEP with regards to the FEAD programme which will provide food and assistance to vulnerable groups in Ireland.”