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Transition plan urgently needed to save 100 beds in homeless sector
The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has called for all those involved in the 100 bed homeless hostel Bru Aimsir, which is scheduled to close in the coming days, to come together to agree a transition plan.
The CEO of the charity Pat Doyle said “A planned transition process is essential in order to manage the replacement of the 100 beds for the homeless sector. The first step we would like to see is a meeting involving all the partners involved in the Bru Aimsir service to discuss an extension of the service for a period of weeks.”
“We are in the midst of a homeless emergency and the sector cannot reduce capacity by 100 beds at a time when services are already operating at capacity. Any sudden withdrawal of bed capacity will negatively impact on vulnerable service users. A short extension of the service would prevent this and provide the space for the partners involved in Bru Aimsir and the broader sector to agree a programme to replace these very important beds.”
Separately Mr Doyle said Peter McVerry Trust was confident of securing capacity to replace the St John’s Lane West Hostel which is scheduled to be turned into social housing units. “We have been working for a number of months on putting in place bed capacity to replace the St John’s Lane West Hostel which is owned by Focus Ireland, and which is currently operating with Peter McVerry Trust’s support. We are advancing our plans to put this capacity in place by mid-May and are working closely with the DRHE on these new services.”