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Peter McVerry Trust Statement on the Death of Person on Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
The national housing and homeless charity, Peter McVerry Trust has said it is deeply saddened by the death of man who was sleeping rough on Suffolk Street in Dublin City Centre last night.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said “We are deeply saddened by the passing of the man who was sleeping rough in Suffolk Street last night. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”
“We believe the individual was known to, and had sporadic engagement with the Housing First street outreach service and a other homeless services in the City. We will be conducting an assessment of people who may have known the individual in order to provide them with appropriate supports.”
“This death once again underlines the vulnerability of people who are sleeping rough. It demonstrates that we need to do more to provide safe and secure homes for people who are sleeping rough, so that they can leave both the streets and homelessness behind.”
Mr Doyle said housing provision must be stepped up if rough sleeping is to end “We cannot stress enough the need to increase the availability of social housing in order to tackle street homelessness. If we had better access to housing we would be able to move people off the streets into intensively supported housing options.”
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