Peter McVerry Trust has offered its condolences to the family and friends of the man who sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning while sleeping rough in the Temple Bar area of Dublin.
CEO of PMVT, Pat Doyle, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear that another man has passed away while sleeping rough in Dublin despite 271 additional emergency beds being put in place since the beginning of December 2014. The man was know to Peter McVerry Trust/Focus Ireland Housing First Intake Team who had been working closely with him to provide ongoing support. This case is particularly distressing as accommodation had been arranged for the man on an ongoing basis and staff had met with him only yesterday to provide continued support and confirm the reservation of a bed for him last night.”
He added: “While the additional beds introduced before Christmas have significantly reduced the number of those sleeping rough on our streets, responding to the complex needs of this group presents a real challenge to us and we must continue our efforts to intervene effectively in meeting those needs.”
He concluded: “The vulnerability of this group, for whom a bed alone is not always the answer, is clearly demonstrated by this tragedy. Peter McVerry Trust in partnership with Focus Ireland, jointly manage and deliver the Housing First Regional Service which works specifically with this group to provide them with direct access to housing. It is imperative that more housing options are made available to ensure that the often complex needs of this group can be addressed in the security of their own homes.”