Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the approval by Minister Alan Kelly of funding totaling €151 million worth of social housing units for approved housing bodies across the country. The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, together with the Minister of State Paudie Coffey, made the announcement this afternoon. The investment will see 1,057 new social housing units delivered as a result.
Reacting to the publication of the list of approved projects Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said the charity was delighted with the announcement and to secure new units through the scheme “Peter McVerry Trust has secured approval to acquire 44 new units across four local authorities. These new units will be vital in helping to provide badly needed housing for people currently dependant on homeless accommodation.”
“We have secured 23 units in Dublin City, 2 units in South Dublin, and for the first time State funding to acquire properties in Kildare and Limerick. These acquisitions underline Peter McVerry Trust’s commitment to responding in a housing led manner to the current homeless crisis. We are working closely with local authorities to respond to the needs of homeless households not just in Dublin but in the commuter counties and mid-west region.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said “Peter McVerry Trust will be moving to secure the new units as quickly as possible as we are acutely aware of the urgent need to provide safe and secure homes for vulnerable people.”
The announcement comes two days after Peter McVerry Trust opened 6 new social housing units in Dublin 8.