The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle, has welcomed the Government’s approval of 500 modular housing units targeted at the needs of homeless families. The plans for 500 units have now been approved at Cabinet, and follows on from the successful demonstration site in Dublin opened in September.
Reacting to today’s announcement Mr Doyle said “Peter McVerry Trust has supported efforts to realise modular housing in recent years. We believe that these units can play a small, yet significant role in tackling urgent housing need, particularly for families.”
“Today’s sign off by Government will, we hope, lead to a minimum of 500 modular housing units being delivered in the next 12 months. These units combined with work already underway to deliver new social housing units coupled with plans to better use existing building stock will have short term, positive impacts on homelessness.”
“It is vitally important that the current political attention being paid to the issues of homelessness and housing leads to a realisation across Government of the scale of the emergency we face. Urgent action is required to prevent the situation deteriorating further. We need to see the immediate introduction of rent certainty measures and rent supplement increases must be delivered in tandem with rent reform to prevent more people slipping into homelessness and possibly help some people leave homeless services behind.”