Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has said that the new national Housing First strategy published today is a game changer in the State’s response to homelessness. The charity, which was an early adopter and leading advocate for the model, believes that the official State funded expansion of the model beyond Dublin will make a huge impact on the number of people sleeping rough and long term homeless service users.
The strategy was launched at Peter McVerry Trust’s social housing development, St Agatha’s Court, in Dublin 1 by the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD along with the National Director of Housing First Bob Jordan. Also in attendance was Dr Sam Tsemberis, founder of Pathways Housing First in the New York and creator of the Housing First Model, who is working with Peter McVerry Trust on a multi-annual programme to ensure the charity’s housing first work aligns with international best practice.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The publication today of the national Housing First strategy is a game changer in the response to homelessness in this country. Housing First is undoubtedly the best possible response to the needs of people who are sleeping rough, long term shelter users and people with complex needs. Peter McVerry Trust is absolutely delighted that Ireland is set to become a global leader in rolling out Housing First.”