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Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing charity, in partnership with the DRHE has opened an additional 20 Cold Weather beds in Dublin. The charity hopes the new beds will help reduce the number of people sleeping rough in the City.
Speaking this morning, Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “Peter McVerry Trust is in continuous dialogue with the DRHE and local authorities to see how we can respond to needs of people in homelessness. These 20 beds are on top of those which have already bee introduced to the city and we hope that will make an instant positive impact on the number of people sleeping rough.
“In addition to these 20 cold weather beds Peter McVerry Trust has, in the past few weeks, opened 12 new studio apartments and a new family service that will help 17 adults and 27 children move out of hotel rooms before Christmas. The charity’s residential capacity has now reached just over 500 people per night.”
Mr Doyle said the charity is having particular success in renovating derelict buildings for homeless and housing services, work that it is doing in partnership with the local authorities. “Peter McVerry Trust is working hard to identify buildings that could form part of a response to the homeless crisis either by providing shelter or housing. We’ve invested significantly in renovating and repairing the upper floors of this latest building. The majority of the building was derelict and in very poor state of repair. Through our investment we’ve been able to deliver high quality accommodation for people in homeless services.
“This renovation route has also delivered 26 new apartments for us in 2015 and Peter McVerry Trust believes there is significant scope for this to be rolled out by local authorities thus delivering much more housing, particularly social housing, quickly and cost effectively.”