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Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has welcomed the appointment of the first National Director of Housing First. The charity, which has advocated strongly for the expansion of the model in Ireland said it hoped the new director, Bob Jordan, would substantially strengthen the roll out of Housing First in Ireland.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The Housing First model is critical to reducing homelessness in Ireland. The position of the National Director is something that Peter McVerry Trust had sought and Minister Murphy committed to following his Housing Summit in September 2017.”
“The new director will play an integral role in expanding Housing First in conjunction with the Local Authorities beyond the Dublin region in a coordinated manner. The new Director will also be able to ensure that the standard of Housing First delivered across Ireland is in keeping with international best practice.”
The new role will be based out of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive who already lead on Housing First in the Dublin Region. “The National Director will be working with the DRHE and tapping into their knowledge and expertise of rolling out new measures nationally for the homeless sector. For example, the DRHE already leads on national homeless standards and the implementation of the PASS system.”
“Housing First as a model of responding to the needs of people in homelessness has been very successful where implemented in Ireland to date. The challenge now is to bring it to vulnerable groups who are not yet availing of it and ensure that new Housing First services maintain the tenancy sustainment rate of over 90% that the Dublin project has generated to date.”
Concluding Mr Doyle wished the new Director every success. “Peter McVerry Trust wishes Bob every success as the National Director. He is an experienced and well-respected figure in the housing and homeless sector. It will undoubtedly be a challenging role but we sincerely hope he will have access to the resources needed to deliver his role for the best possible outcomes for those experiencing homelessness.”
Francis Doherty – Head of Communications – 087 9421 051