Following the High Court judgement this afternoon (11th January) Peter McVerry Trust issued the following statement.
Pat Doyle, CEO at Peter McVerry Trust, said, “Peter McVerry Trust reiterates it’s unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of people in homelessness be they sleeping rough, in hostels or other forms of emergency accommodation.”
“In engaging with Home Sweet Home and their occupation of Apollo House our sole objective has been to meet the needs of the residents there. We have always operated in good faith and worked in partnership with all parties to achieve the best possible outcomes.
“Since December 22nd we have assessed 85 people , more than twice the capacity of Apollo House, and by the court deadline at which point Peter McVerry Trust staff vacated Apollo House, had re-accommodated 76 people.
“We have extended an offer to the Home Sweet Home to continue to liaise with them in an ongoing basis and make available our supports.”
Concluding Mr Doyle, said, “Peter McVerry Trust’s goal in 2017 remains the development of new housing programmes and is actively working to deliver a large number of units to help people ultimately exit homelessness.”