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A new service for the homeless was officially opened in Tallaght on Wednesday by South Dublin Mayor Cathal King (SF). The Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) service is a 16 bed unit that will provide accommodation and support to homeless people from the South Dublin County Council area.
Peter McVerry Trust has been chosen to run the new service following an open tender process. The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle, welcomed the opening of the unit as an important step in efforts to tackle homelessness in the region. Speaking at the official opening he said “The opening of this facility is a positive development for the homeless sector because it completes the localisation of supported temporary accommodation services across in Dublin. By providing localised services we are giving homeless people the opportunity to access services as close as possible to their communities and social networks. This is important as it helps them to re-integrate into society once they have exited homelessness.”
“This unit will not only provide homeless individuals with stable accommodation for up to 6 months but provide a range of supports to ensure that that they have the necessary skills to live independently at the end of their placement. Peter McVerry Trust has 30 years of experience assisting vulnerable individuals and we will ensure that the support that they receive is of the highest standard and delivered in line with our commitment to provide a safe, challenging and supportive environment for those in need.”
Concluding Mr Doyle pointed to the rising numbers accessing homeless services in Dublin. “Recent figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive show that there are 7 new cases of homelessness in Dublin every day. Peter McVerry Trust has also seen a large rise in the number of individuals using our services and we have already supported 1,897 unique individuals in the first 4 months of 2013. If the numbers entering homelessness continue on this trend then it will place huge strain on resources within the sector and greater efforts must be placed on preventing homelessness. ”