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Peter McVerry Trust has said it is deeply disappointed by the latest rough sleeper figures for Dublin. A report released this afternoon by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive shows that 102 people were found to be sleeping rough in Dublin on the night of the 24th April. A 10% increase on the last rough sleeper count which took place in November 2015.
Now, Peter McVerry Trust has called for urgent and decisive political intervention to stem the flow of people falling into homelessness. The charity’s CEO Pat Doyle said “The figures in the spring rough sleeper count are unacceptable and deeply disappointing. Peter McVerry Trust is calling for decisive action to be taken by Government to stem the flow of people into homelessness. By stemming the flow we will lower the number in need of homeless services, free up bed capacity to get rough sleepers off the streets, and ultimately mean that more energy can be focused on securing housing for those in homeless services.”
“The Government needs to introduce robust interventions to stop people falling through the cracks and into homelessness. We need to see the urgent introduction of index linked rents and we need a substantial increase in rent supplement rates. There also need to see more support and better targeting of people at risk of becoming homeless.”
Concluding Mr Doyle highlighted the work of the Housing First project in supporting Dublin’s rough sleepers “The Housing First service, operated by Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust on behalf of the DRHE, is engaging with people sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough on a daily basis. Since November last year it has engaged over 900 unique individuals.”
“The Housing First project has successfully housed 49 rough sleepers who are now receiving intensive supports in their own homes through a multidisciplinary case management team. This project will continue to target and support rough sleepers to help many more secure and sustain their own homes.”