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Peter McVerry Trust’s annual report for 2013, published today, shows that the charity supported 3,586 people across its services last year with young, single males accounting for the vast majority of those receiving support. The charity is calling for significant increases in Government funding to address housing in the upcoming budget and the introduction of measures to tackle rent prices and discrimination against people on rent supplement.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “Last year we saw increased numbers across our services. We recorded a 17% increase in the number of people accessing our prevention services with 1,001 people receiving support and advice. The number of residential placements we provided increased to 2,124, a 25% increase on the previous year, while the number of meals rose from 57,000 in 2012 to 75,000 in 2013.”
Mr Doyle said that accommodation continued to be the single biggest issue for the sector “Last year the number of private rental properties available decreased and the gap between rent supplement and market prices continued to grow. Despite those challenges we helped 126 people to exit homelessness meaning we have helped almost 270 people in the last 2 years to find a place to call their home.”
“We believe that even during these extremely challenging times we have shown that Peter McVerry Trust can help people to permanently exit homelessness. If the lack of housing options is addressed we are confident that we can significantly increase the numbers exiting homelessness with our support.”
Mr Doyle said the ability to achieve the targets of ending the need to sleep rough and long term homelessness by the end of 2016 now rested largely on whether Budget 2015 would deliver the necessary funding. “We have policies, we have plans, we have task forces, we have high level groups what we need now is money to secure accommodation. We need Budget 2015 to deliver significant capital funding to acquire social housing units and provide exit points for people in homeless services.”
Concluding Mr Doyle also urged the Government to address the problematic rental sector “We would also urge the Government to regulate the private rental market to cap rents and avoid the crisis worsening. There is also a need to introduce legislative measures to end discrimination against those individuals who are dependant on rent supplement to secure accommodation.”
The Peter McVerry Trust Annual Report can be downloaded here..