Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has secured planning permission for 18 apartments in Dublin City Centre. The project will be the largest capital housing project undertaken by the charity to date. It marks the first phase in a pipeline of housing projects Peter McVerry Trust will deliver in Dublin in the next two years.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said it was a “real good news story” at a time of record homeless figures. “We’ve received formal notification that Peter McVerry Trust has secured planning approval for 18 units at Townsend Street, Dublin 2. It’s a real good news story for us. At the end of this project, there will be 18 new keys to a home and 18 people leaving homelessness behind. This is the type of project that we want to do much more of because more social housing is the only way we can sustainably reduce the number of people in homeless services.”
The 18 apartments will be delivered by reusing a former Dublin City Council building, which has been vacant for a long number of years. Mr Doyle said the charity will create larger, better quality housing with the building undergoing an extensive programme of works.
“The existing building, owned by Dublin City Council, has been derelict for a long number of years and is need of major upgrade and renovation works.”
“Our plan for the building is to modernise it, increase the size of the apartments within it and carry out substantial works around stairwell arrangements and lift access. Ultimately, what we will create are high-quality homes for single people. Each new resident will receive dedicated supports from Peter McVerry Trust housing staff to help transition from street or hostel living to their new homes and to re-engage with education, training and employment.”
Peter McVerry Trust has secured planning permission for 18 apartments in Townsend Street, Dublin 2. The project will be our largest capital housing project to date, marking the first phase in a pipeline of housing projects we will deliver in Dublin in the next two years. pic.twitter.com/fw0dA0UY4Y
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) December 9, 2017
Housing for Single People
Mr Doyle said the units will provide badly needed housing for single people in homeless services “Peter McVerry Trust has regularly flagged the lack of housing options for single people in homelessness. These units will provide much-needed housing options and allow 18 single person households to exit homelessness for good.”
Peter McVerry Trust said it is now preparing to issue a public tender to appoint a project contractor after which it can commence works on the scheme. The charity said it hopes to begin work on site as early as possible in the New Year with the scheme finished and fully tenanted in 2019. The project is supported by Dublin City Council and the Department of Housing.