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Peter McVerry Trust has said that the latest rough sleeper figures for Dublin offer a stark reminder of the difficulties that many people face and the size of the challenge that those working in the homeless sector face in responding to the issue. The charity was commenting on the latest rough sleeper count for winter 2013 in Dublin which showed 139 people sleeping rough on November 12 th .
Responding to the latest figures Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said “The fact that 139 people slept rough on November 12th is disappointing and unacceptable. The figures clearly indicate that the homeless situation remains extremely challenging but it is a challenge that Peter McVerry Trust is determined to address.”
“In anticipation of what we believed to rising rough sleeper figures we have in recent weeks increased capacity in our homeless accommodation services. We have added 10 new beds for homeless couples, the first such service within Peter McVerry Trust and have added a further 12 beds for young homeless people aged 18-26. This means that we are now providing accommodation and housing to 265 individuals every night in the Dublin region.”
“We are now working to increase the number of emergency bed placements we provide as part of the Cold Weather Initiative which assists those sleeping rough. At present we provide 4 beds on a nightly basis entirely from our own resources but we hope to increase this significantly in the comings weeks bringing the overall capacity within our services to almost 300 people per night.”
Continuing Mr Doyle said “It is important to recognise that in order to tackle homelessness we need to work in partnership. Peter McVerry Trust is committed to continuing our work with the Minister for Housing, Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Local Authorities and other bodies in the areas of housing, health and education to address the structural issues that lead to homelessness and prevent people exiting homelessness quickly.”
You can download the media statement and briefing from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive here. It provides details of the count and current responses to tackling rough sleeping and homelessness in Dublin.