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Peter McVerry Trust has published its Annual Report for 2012 which gives an overview of the services it provides to the homeless in Dublin and the cost of operating its services.
The report highlights the huge number of individuals that accessed Peter McVerry Trust services in 2012. The charity worked with over 3,500 people across their prevention, drug treatment, homeless and housing, and under 18s residential services. The majority of those with whom the charity worked were male and 74% of all participants fell between the ages 18-35.
The majority of homeless people that the charity worked with accessed temporary emergency with the greater part of those accessing the emergency accommodation unit at Camden Hall. The charity agreed to take over that service in October 2012 based on a commitment to close it within a set timeframe and because it wanted to greatly improve the supports available to homeless people accessing the unit.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust spoke about how the charity was actively progressing to delivering a housing first model. “The essential element of the housing first model is the rapid housing of individuals in their own accommodation. This means we need to have access to stable housing units where we can place homeless individuals and build the necessary supports around them. During 2012 we successfully acquired a further 24 apartments in Dublin to add to our existing stock. Our housing with supports team also worked with 121 individuals helping them to transition out of homelessness through independent living.”
“We have also continued to develop other essential services during 2012. We opened a new drug stabilisation unit in North County Dublin which has greatly increased our ability to help individuals addressing drug misuse. We also began providing new temporary emergency accommodation services in Fingal and submitted a successful tender application to provide a supported temporary accommodation unit in South Dublin, a service that we opened in the first half of 2013.”
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn who launched the report said “I am very glad to have the honour of launching this report today. The report highlights the needs of the many vulnerable and marginalised citizens in our communities who are experiencing homelessness. It also demonstrates the extremely valuable work that Peter McVerry Trust does, something that I witnessed first hand when visiting their services earlier this year.”
Fr Peter McVerry, the founder of the charity who has been working with young people in Dublin since the mid 1970s warned that political leadership was needed to end homelessness as charities could only do so much. “After 30 years of working to eliminate homelessness, I believe the problem is now worse than ever, perhaps even out of control. Homelessness is a political problem, ultimately the problem of homelessness can only be solved by providing homes for homeless people and that is the responsibility of the Government”.
Photos from the annual report launch are available below.