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Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing charity, will today (Monday 19th of December, 2016) launch their new regional office in Limerick. This event will mark the beginning of a programme of social housing provision by Peter McVerry Trust.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said, “We are very pleased to announce that Peter McVerry Trust is bringing its experience as a specialist provider of social housing to Limerick. We already provide housing services in Dublin, Kildare and Laois and are supporting hundreds of people in their own homes.
“In Limerick, we are opening 5 units of housing before Christmas with a further 9 to follow in the first quarter of 2017. Beyond that we are actively identifying housing projects and further acquisitions to provide a housing led response to homelessness.”
“Peter McVerry Trust has become a leader in providing permanent accommodation with wrap-around supports for people with a range of issues including mental health difficulties, addiction and family breakdown. We treat people with warmth and respect, and support them to integrate into society and live a life of dignity, and that’s what we will do in Limerick.”
The charity is working in partnership with Limerick City and County Council to identify, and respond to housing needs. The charity plans to have 14 housing units ready by March 2017. The social housing programme has been funded in part by the Capital Assistance Scheme and private donations to Peter McVerry Trust.
Launching the service is Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick. Limerick City and County Council has played a significant role in supporting Peter McVerry Trust in the acquisition of properties in the Limerick area and the charity will continue this close relationship as their housing and homeless services develop further in the region.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, said, “I welcome the announcement that Peter McVerry Trust is bringing its services to Limerick. The charity will complement the comprehensive range of supports that the council already provides to those in emergency accommodation through the Limerick Homeless Action Team.”
“The issue of homelessness is a very complex one that needs a wide variety of different supports. Limerick City and County Council is working on a range of measures to provide social and affordable housing in Limerick.”
Peter McVerry Trust
The housing and homeless charity worked with 4,705 individuals in 2015 across its services which include Homelessness Prevention Services, Housing Services, Homeless Services, Drug Treatment Services and Under 18s Residential Services. Peter McVerry Trust provided 149,000 meals across its services during 2015, supported 1,461 through its Homelessness Prevention Services and helped 171 people exit homelessness in that year. The ‘participant’ (Peter McVerry Trust service user) profile is an average age of 31, 74% male, 81% require support with drug use, 60% require support with respect to a mental health difficulty and 72% require support in relation to family breakdown. The charity currently operates in Dublin, Kildare, Laois and, now, Limerick.
Housing with Supports
Peter McVerry Trust has a highly skilled team of housing officers who offer support for participants to progress to independent living in a range of accommodation types across a number of local authority areas, principally in the form of apartments. Depending on identified need, participants are supported in this service by way of intensive housing supports. The qualifications and work experience of the Housing Officers enable them to assist and support the clients in developing life skills, building confidence and working towards independent living and social integration. As with other Peter McVerry Trust services, the Housing with Support Service has access to an on-call service that operates around the clock, 365 days of the year.