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Cara Housing Association has reached an agreement with the Peter McVerry Trust to take over operations at St Catherine’s Foyer, Marrowbone Lane.
Following consultation with key funding stakeholders, St Catherine’s will become part of the Pathway to Home provision for Dublin providing supported temporary accommodation for young people experiencing homelessness .
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “This is about supporting these young people to access and prepare for long-term housing as well as training, education and employment. We take this opportunity to thank Cara Housing Ltd for their contribution to Dublin’s Homeless services and to St Catherine’s Foyer continuing to provide vital services to Dublin’s vulnerable young adult population.”
As St Catherine’s Foyer has not operated within existing adult homeless arrangements, the Board of Cara and the DRHE has taken the decision to bring it into line with the current model of provision in the homeless sector and to seek an alternative recognised provider already operating within the model to manage the facility.
This means that the facility will no longer operate as a long term transitional accommodation. PMVT will manage the transition to STA and will deliver an STA service to young people aged 18-26 from the facility.
This will see the facility provide supported temporary accommodation, with managed placements of up to 6 months. It will provide 24 hour support, 365 days a year. The emphasis will be ensuring that individuals are provided with access to housing at the earliest possible time when they will then be supported by Peter McVerry Trust’s housing with supports team.
This is about a housing led approach, providing in the short term a safe, stable environment for young people experiencing homelessness and supporting them towards independent living beyond St Catherine’s.
Mr Doyle concluded by saying “I understand from the petition of local action group there is no objection to a youth homelessness facility staying in St Catherine’s. Concerns are as I understand it about a general homelessness facility.What PMVT, DCC and the HSE are committed to providing is an STA service specifically to address youth homelessness.”
“Through this change process we are securing continuation of support for existing residents, providing opportunity for future users in line with national policy and maintaining security of employment for current employees of the service who wish to remain.”
Timeline of Events:
Peter McVerry Trust concluded negotiations with Cara Housing Association on July 15th to take begin management of St Catherine’s Foyer. On July 18th this was formally approved by the Board of Peter McVerry Trust and on July 19th Peter McVerry Trust attended a meeting of DCC and spoke with representatives from St Catherine’s community groups and agreed to meet the week commencing August 12th. A meeting has been scheduled for the afternoon of August 15th.