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Update -Peter McVerry Trust Extreme Cold Weather Bed
12.30pm 2nd March 2018
Last night Peter McVerry Trust made a total of 185 Extreme Cold Weather Placements available.
This included 160 in Dublin city, with 120 of these in the sports centre in Dublin’s South Inner City in partnership with the DRHE and a further 40 spread across existing Peter McVerry Trust services.
A total of 25 extreme cold weather placements have been provided in Kildare, with an 11 additional places being secured on Thursday. These cases were individuals who contacted the Kildare County Council/Peter McVerry Trust Freephone and people who were spotted by members of the public and were then engaged by Peter McVerry Trust staff.
7.30am 2nd March 2018
Last night a total of 115 people were allocated beds in the Extreme Cold Weather Accommodation in the sports centre in Dublin’s South Inner City
On the street, Peter McVerry Trust staff were out in the city centre engaging with rough sleepers until 5.30am this morning. They identified a total of 21 people, 6 of whome were persuaded to access extreme cold weather shelter and one person who was accommodated in a Garda station.
A total of 14 people refused access to shelter.
Update: Peter McVerry Trust – Extreme Cold Weather Beds
13.00 – Thursday 1st March 2018
• Peter McVerry Trust has today extended the capacity of its Extreme Cold Weather Emergency Accommodation facilities to 173 beds.
• This emergency response, to this extreme weather event since Monday, represents the largest single mobilisation of emergency beds in the 35 year history of Peter McVerry Trust.
120 of these Extreme Cold Weather Beds have been put in place at a sports hall facility in Dublin’s South Inner City, while a further 53 have been introduced in other existing Peter McVerry Trust services across Dublin and Kildare.
Additional capacity now in place at our Extreme Cold Weather Service. Now up to 120 emergency beds in the south inner city sports facility, and 170 in total between Dublin and Kildare. #StormEmma pic.twitter.com/Dv600c9TBO
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) March 1, 2018
Last night, 106 people stayed at the emergency accommodation facility in Dublin’s South Inner City. The capacity of this emergency facility has today been extended to 120. Additional capacity has been continually added to this facility, since 70 extreme weather beds were initially put in place on Monday night. The demand for this emergency facility has also increased since it came into operation, with 45 people staying in the facility on Monday (26th) and 81 people on Tuesday (27th).
Overnight, the Housing First Street Intake Team managed to encourage a number of people sleeping rough to come in off the streets in Dublin. However, 16 people in Dublin city centre and another 14 in the greater Dublin region, were engaged and supported, but declined to come into emergency shelter. These people are being re-engaged with today.
We are currently responding to reports of rough sleepers in the Clonskeagh area, Adelaide Road, Herbertstown Park, Naas and Maynooth. We will be bringing these individuals to the extreme cold weather beds.
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) March 1, 2018
In Kildare, our outreach team continues to engage and provide support to people sleeping rough. Today the outreach team responded to reports of people sleeping rough in Maynooth and Naas, and as a result three people have today been placed in emergency accommodation.
Last night, one additional person was accommodated by Peter McVerry Trust after contacting the out-of-hours emergency Freephone number, which is currently being operated by Peter McVerry Trust on behalf of Kildare County Council. This brings to 14 the total number of emergency placements provided by Peter McVerry Trust in County Kildare in the past 48 hours.
Peter McVerry Trust, in Partnership with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and Kildare County Council, would like to thank members of the public who have logged and shared locations of people they believe to be at risk of sleeping rough. Peter McVerry Trust would also like to thank An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces who have provided vital assistance by safely transporting people to emergency accommodation during this extreme weather event.
Contact details for Emergency Accommodation:
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DHRE) helpline: 1800 707 707
Kildare Freephone: 1800 804 307
Update from Peter McVerry Trust
9:00am 1st March 2018
Last night Peter McVerry Trust had 106 beds allocated at our Extreme Cold Weather Service in a sports centre in Dublin’s South Inner City.
This is a an increase on 81 on the previous night (Tuesday) which itself was up from 45 on Monday, the first night the shelter was used.
The Housing First Street Intake Team managed to encourage a number of people sleeping rough to come in off the streets. However, 16 people in the city centre and 14 in the Dublin region, were engaged and supported but declined to come into emergency shelter. They will be re-engaged today.
In Kildare, one additional person was accommodated by Peter McVerry Trust after they called the out of hours emergency freephone number. This brings to 14 the total number of emergency placements provided by Peter McVerry Trust in the county in the past 48 hours.
9:00am 28th February 2018
Last night the DRHE – Peter McVerry Trust Extreme Cold Weather Beds at the South Dublin Inner City sport centre accommodated 81 people.
The DRHE – Peter McVerry Trust/Focus Ireland Housing First Street Intake Team engaged rough sleepers across the city centre, three individuals in the city centre who are sleeping rough accepted supports but declined offers of accommodation.
In Kildare, the Kildare County Council – Peter McVerry Trust Freephone Number received 14 calls overnight. One person needed advice and information and 13 people were accommodated within our services. Peter McVerry Trust would like to thank both the Gardai and the army who assisted us last night.
The Gardai assisted with transport for three people to our services late last night and one person was transported from by the army at 2am last night from the Curragh area.
As Kildare County Council offices have been closed, the Peter McVerry Trust freephone number is now operational all the time on 1800 804 307.
Peter McVerry Trust has said it is putting in place a number of emergency measures to protect people who are homeless ahead of the extreme cold weather due this week. The charity said it was working with the DRHE and Local Authorities in Dublin and Kildare to make extra resources available to ensure safe accommodation was made available to as many people as possible.
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Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust outlined a number of measures that the charity was putting in place. “Since late last week, we have been working with the DRHE and Local Authorities to coordinate our response to the extreme cold weather due this week. Peter McVerry Trust will be putting in place a series of exceptional measures this week in order to get as many people out of the extreme cold weather which represents a clear threat to life for people who sleep rough.”
“Peter McVerry Trust provides over 600 supported temporary accommodation (STA) beds in Dublin and Kildare which normally operate on a 24/7 basis, the small number of temporary accommodation (TA) and one night only (ONO) beds which don’t open all day will now provide 24/7 access and will do so until at least Monday when the situation will be reviewed.”
Peter McVerry Trust CEO Pat Doyle is urging members of the public to report the location of anyone who could be sleeping rough tonight – please help get them into safe shelter before #StormEmmahttps://t.co/D495LXxnTC pic.twitter.com/jDjSo7zTEQ
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) February 27, 2018
Doubling of Housing First Street Intake Supports
Mr Doyle also said the Housing First Street Intake Team would be doubled this week and that extra transport support would be provided. “The DRHE’s Housing First Street Intake Team, run by Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland, will be doubled this week in an effort to engage as many people as possible to warn them of the weather conditions and encourage them into shelter. This team will have access to additional transport supports to ferry people to available accommodation.”
“The weather has been very challenging this winter and Peter McVerry Trust, in partnership with the DRHE, has been providing 45 extreme cold weather beds in Dublin in recent months. Again, these will now move to a full 24/7 access ahead of the exceptional weather event.”
The Housing First Street Intake Team are engaging with people sleeping rough across Dublin on a daily basis. They have access to transport support and emergency accommodation. Help them to identify places where people may be bedding down across Dublin. https://t.co/3Cc1dubUQt
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) February 26, 2018
Exceptional Use of Dublin City Centre Sports Facility
Mr Doyle also detailed how Peter McVerry Trust and the DRHE had secured the use of city centre sports centre as an exceptional measure due to the expected severity of the weather.
“The DRHE have moved to secure a Dublin City Council sports centre for the purposes of providing exceptional shelter space in the city centre and Peter McVerry Trust will operate this service as overflow emergency accommodation capacity for the city.”
Mr Doyle confirmed that Peter McVerry Trust has also been working with Kildare County Council to put in place measures to assist those sleeping rough in Kildare. “We have been working with Kildare County Council to identify how we can best respond to the needs of people in Kildare. We will be making additional exceptional accommodation placements to meet the need.”
“We would encourage members of the public in Kildare to report locations of people sleeping rough to Kildare County Council on 045 980200 during office hours and to Peter McVerry Trust’s Freephone Number 1800 804 307 outside office hours.”
“Additionally, Peter McVerry Trust has been liaising with South Dublin County Council and the DRHE to make sure appropriate responses are put in place and that accommodation needs can be met.”