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Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed a range of measures announced by Minister Alan Kelly today in Dublin aimed at alleviating pressures on homeless services. The Minister made his announcement at Parkgate Hall in Dublin, the base for the Dublin City Council’s homeless services.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said that he welcomed the package of measures announced by the Minister “The package of measures confirmed by Minister Kelly today will ensure that those in need of assistance will receive it. It will also mean that the acute pressure on frontline services should be reduced because of the additional resources now being made available.”
Rough Sleepers & Housing First
Among the measures announced by the Minister are additional supports for the Housing First Street Intake team.
“The provision of additional vehicle support will mean that the Housing First Street Intake team will have greater capacity to transport people on the street to any available emergency accommodation. While the long term aim for the Housing First project is to support rough sleepers to move them directly from the street into their own accommodation, it is important during this crisis and during the winter period that we help as many people as possible to access emergency accommodation
Local Authority Voids & Private Sector Finance
“While significant progress has been made in identifying and refurbishing local authority voids we welcome renewed attention in this area. Peter McVerry Trust has been actively progressing projects in this area in recent weeks. We will also be making an announced early next week on a project which will see the redevelopment of 6 local authority voids using finance from a French multinational with operations in Ireland, a model of which we would believe could be replicated and make a significant impact on tackling local authority voids. ”
Amendment of Discharge Policy from Hospitals
“We believe that this is a simple yet effective policy change that will prevent vulnerable people being discharged from hospital into homeless services without appropriate plans in place.”