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Peter McVerry Trust, the housing and homeless charity, has announced the opening of two new homeless services today. The new services are located in Dublin and Kildare and will provide an additional 50 beds for people experiencing homelessness through the supported temporary accommodation model.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “Today we are opening a 36 bed unit in Dublin City Centre which will provide accommodation for single males and couples. This service will operate as a supported temporary accommodation service meaning that people will have a stable and secure medium term placement of around 6 months. During that time Peter McVerry Trust will work to help people resident in the service to secure permanent accommodation outside of homeless services.”
“This new service brings to 76 the total number of new beds provided by Peter McVerry Trust in the last two weeks in Dublin following the earlier opening of a joint Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust 40 bed emergency accommodation service in Dublin 8.”
Mr Doyle also announced the opening of the charity’s first service in Kildare. The charity will be operating a 14 bed supported temporary accommodation service providing medium term supported placements. The service which is located at Michael Garry House, in Newbridge, will provide accommodation to both males and females.
Pat Doyle said that the service will be operational from today also. “After successfully tendering to provide the new service in Newbridge we have been working extremely hard to get the service operational as soon as possible. We have made a number of changes to ensure that the building is up to the standards which Peter McVerry Trust sets and it’s great that we have been able to get the service operational before Christmas.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said that the next few weeks would see renewed efforts by Peter McVerry Trust to launch housing projects in Dublin. “While much of our focus has been on provision of short and medium term accommodation in recent weeks we have also done a significant amount of preparatory work on housing projects. We hope to begin work on some of these projects in January which will help provide permanent homes for people currently in homeless services.”