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Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has announced the opening of two new emergency homeless services in Dublin in the past 24 hours, and will open a third service in the coming days. The delivery of these new services, in partnership with Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and the Department of Housing, has been arranged to coincide with the closure today (9th March) of the extreme cold weather facility in a sports hall in St Catherine’s sports centre in Dublin 8 that was set up last week during the exceptional weather event.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said he was delighted to be now able to offer people who came into the extreme cold weather beds last week stable supported accommodation within homeless services.
“Last week, during the snow and extreme cold weather, we managed to get a huge number of people off the streets and into shelter and accommodation in the emergency extreme cold weather beds. At its peak 121 people were accommodated in the sports centre in St Catherine’s. This venue was only ever an extreme and exceptional measure, to prevent loss of life, and clearly wasn’t suitable for continued use. Peter McVerry Trust and the DRHE were determined to ensure alternative long term supported accommodation was arranged for individuals who accessed the extreme weather beds so people didn’t have to go back onto the street and sleep rough.”
“In the past week, Peter McVerry Trust has worked closely with the Department of Housing, the Housing Agency and the DRHE to secure buildings in Dublin city that will allow Peter McVerry Trust to provide emergency accommodation in a more suitable setting. The capacity of these three new services, combined with people who been given placements available in our existing services and across the homeless sector, means that we are able to retain people in homeless services.”
Mr Doyle said the work that had been undertaken in the past week was unprecedented and praised the work of all those involved. “Peter McVerry Trust would like to thank the community of Marrowbone Lane in Dublin 8, the staff and management of St Catherine’s sports centre, Dublin City Council, the DRHE and the staff of the central placement services as well as colleagues in the Department of Housing and the Housing Agency for their cooperation in what was truly a collective effort.”
“I’d also like to place on record my thanks for the enormous effort made by the staff of Peter McVerry Trust over the past week and once again showcased their determination to respond to the needs of the those impacted by homelessness.”
“Most importantly I want to thank the participants who put their trust in us which is something we value dearly.