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Peter McVerry Trust has called for a full audit and assessment of commercial buildings in Dublin City to ascertain what potential exists to turn empty and poorly utilised spaces into housing solutions. The homeless and housing charity believes that a scheme designed to bring back into use inefficiently managed spaces could help provide social and private rental solutions in the city.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “At present the Government’s approach focuses on building new social housing units and refurbishing local authority voids. We believe that a third vital element that will help create social and private sector housing options is a review of underutilised commercial building stock. This would focus largely on older commercial buildings that are only partly used or occupied.”
“We know that many of older buildings in Dublin have a commercial operation on the ground floor but don’t utilise space over and above these premises. In many cases the upper stories are left vacant or are inefficiently used. An audit would indentify all units/spaces within these buildings that have the potential to become housing units.”
“Not only would help create housing options but would help create a more efficient use of existing building resources and lessen pressure to build new units on the edge of the city and its environs. We believe a partnership is needed between the Business Sector, Housing Associations and Local Authorities to examine the potential benefit of such an initiative and to determine what funding and incentives would be needed to bring these spaces into use.”
Mr Doyle was making his call ahead of a pre-budget business breakfast organised by Peter McVerry Trust on World Homeless Day.