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Peter McVerry Trust has responded to the publication of the Annual Cold Weather Initiative for Dublin by saying that the Government failure to stem the flow of people into homelessness is undermining the enormous frontline efforts that are taking place to tackle the emergency.
Pat Doyle the CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “In the first 9 months of 2015 the homeless sector in Dublin has moved 729 people out of homelessness, an increase of over 200 on the same period last year. Despite that increase and despite the 271 new beds added to the homeless system in Dublin last winter we face a situation where we need to add an even larger number this winter.”
“Today, the homeless sector has announced 195 beds for individuals, 55 units for families and couples and plans for a further 80 rooms for families. The reality is that the Cold Weather Initiative is planning to provide additional homeless accommodation to over 500 people between now and Christmas. That in itself is a scandalous reflection of the failure by Government to protect those most at risk in Irish society.”
“The Government must listen to the calls from agencies like Peter McVerry Trust to increase rent supplement rates, to immediately introduce rent certainty, and to progress modular and traditional housing much quicker than is currently the case. If housing supply was the only issue involved in tackling homelessness then we wouldn’t have had 5,000 homeless people at the height of the housing boom. ”
“All Government Minister’s must listen to homeless agencies and proactively engage to help tackle the emergency. People at risk and those experiencing homelessness need to see real leadership and a lot less political point scoring. “
Mr Doyle concluded by paying tribute to the work of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive in putting together the additional capacity “The DRHE have done an excellent job in securing additional capacity in extremely difficult circumstances. The ability to secure large volumes of additional bed capacity in the current climate is an extremely difficult process and the DRHE have managed to find capacity for over 500 people and their work in helping achieve that must be recognised.”
Housing First – ( Rough Sleepers)
The Focus Ireland Peter McVerry Trust Housing First service will extend its hours of operation if necessary based on the daily situation. Those persons sleeping rough will continue to receive support to secure and access emergency accommodation. This work will be alongside the primary objective of securing permanent housing for rough sleepers.
Converting 1 night only into STA beds (Approx 6 month accommodation)
Peter McVerry Trust’s service at Grantham Mews which has operated as a one night only facility will be converted to an STA facility offering longer placements and better opportunities for assertive engagement and progression to permanent housing solutions. This will provide 18 STA beds.
Ringfenced Beds in Existing Homeless Services
Peter McVerry Trust will ring fence beds in three existing services in Dublin City Centre for the CWI.
Peter McVerry Trust will open a specialist unit for homeless families in North Dublin, in a property which has undergone extensive renovations and works. The unit will provide supported accommodation for 14 families who will receive intensive supports from us to secure permanent housing solutions as quickly as possible. This unit will open imminently.