Peter McVerry Trust organised Ireland’s first Empty Homes Conference on March 9 2017 in Croke Park. The conference was organised to help further the debate on empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces. Peter McVerry Trust has led on the public campaign for action in this area since late 2014.
Watch highlights from the event in this video.
There are 183,312 vacant dwellings in Ireland, according to Census 2016. Some 79,966 were detached houses, 60,154 were semi-detached or terraced dwellings while the remaining 43,192 were apartments.
Peter McVerry Trust has brought back over 50 units of accommodation into use and created an 18-bed homeless hostel from underused space.
Peter McVerry Trust launched St Agatha’s Court in June 2017. The social housing development cost €1.4 million and delivered 11 high-quality apartments in the North Inner City. The apartment complex is now fully occupied.
Empty homes have huge potential – St Agatha’s Court was derelict before it was transformed into 11 high-quality apartments.
We need your help to locate Kildare, Limerick and Dublin’s empty homes. If you know of an empty building in your community email email@example.com. pic.twitter.com/jgoUTx08eI
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) December 17, 2017
The 11 new apartments were built a derelict site. We have already secured planning for our next reuse project at Townsend street which will deliver 18 units.
Ten percent of Dublin’s housing stock is vacant. Learn more about empty homes in Dublin in this video.
In October, Peter McVerry Trust launched a new international partnership with Pathways Housing First Institute, an organisation based in the USA.
The new agreement will last for three years and include a monitoring and evaluation programme that will sit alongside a new Housing First research project in Ireland.
Housing First is a model of responding to homelessness that places priority on delivering accommodation first and providing the wraparound supports needed. The guiding principle of Housing First is that Housing is a right, not a privilege.
It is the opposite of the staircase or treatment first model and has proven to be significantly more effective in tackling homelessness.
The current Housing First regional project in Dublin currently has a 91% success rate and is delivered by Peter McVerry Trust in conjunction with Focus Ireland.
Dr Sam Tsemberis, who spearheaded Housing First in New York with Pathways Housing, explains why the model works in this video.
“Housing is a right, not a privilege.”
Dr Sam Tsemberis, who spearheaded Housing First in New York, explains why the model works pic.twitter.com/M34TcHhs2i
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) October 19, 2017
Peter McVerry Trust’s emergency accommodation service in Cabra, Dublin, was one of several new facilities launched by Peter McVerry Trust in winter 2017. This service will provide highquality shelter and support for people experiencing homelessness and is funded by Dublin Region Homeless Executive.
The building in Cabra includes 41 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms, and will be able to cater for 10 hospital discharges through purpose-built rooms especially for people with disabilities. There are also 10 drug-free beds available.
Our CEO Pat Doyle speaks about the new facility in the video below.
The range of services we are providing ranges from accommodation finders to tenancy sustainment and we are working with single people in homelessness including people who are sleeping rough and those in emergency accommodation.
On the tenancy sustainment side we are also working with people in social housing and private rental accommodation to keep their tenancies and offer them support to manage their housing.
Peter McVerry Trust has housed over 30 people in its first 12 months in Co Limerick.
We opened a regional office in the city in December 2016 and work with Limerick City and County Council to provide housing and supports to people exiting homelessness.
A total of 19 in Co Kildare moved on to housing with help from Peter McVerry Trust in 2017.
Peter McVerry Trust also housed also 64 people (18 female and 46 male) in the Newbridge STA (supported temporary accommodation).
We also have a freephone service in Kildare for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The Out of Hours Information and Advice Service for County Kildare is run by Peter McVerry Trust on behalf of Kildare County Council, and operates outside of Kildare County Council’s office hours and at weekends
Over 200 people contacted the number this year. We accommodated 52 of these callers – 27 of these were families with young children.
KFM radio in Kildare ran its Christmas shoebox and toy appeal in aid of Peter McVerry Trust for the second time in 2017, collecting over X presents for children experiencing homelessness.