Local authority voids are declared ready for use in homelessness fight
A landmark victory in the ongoing battle against homelessness in Dublin was celebrated yesterday, as six fully renovated former local authority voids were declared ready for use in the city centre.
The apartments on Pim Street, in Dublin 8, will be occupied by formerly homeless people as part of the McVerry Trust's ongoing work in the area.
The organisation helped 132 people exit homelessness last year by providing more than 2,300 residential placements, along with 110,000 meals.
The Pim Street complex is the first project in Ireland or Britain to be funded through the Saint-Gobain Initiatives foundation. The Paris-based fund was established seven years ago to assist in providing employment for disadvantaged youths and improving the quality of social housing.
They made funding to the tune of €100,000 available to the McVerry Trust for the purposes of the Pim Street project, which the charity says enabled them to "transform empty units into homes of the highest standard".
Brian Dolan, managing director of Saint-Gobain Ireland said: "We were delighted to be able to assist the Peter McVerry Trust on this project, given the deepening crisis in social housing in Ireland.
"The project will give six people homes, and we hope that their new home brings them security and pride."
The new homes were officially opened by Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
The Sinn Féin councillor conceded that much more still needs to be done to tackle the homeless crisis in Dublin city.