Friday 23 August 2019

Address point: Postal service set up for homeless

Tara McNeill, a grandmother and former homeless services user, and Derek McGuire, of Secret Street Tours, at the launch of the new service at the GPO. Photo: Maxwell's
Tara McNeill, a grandmother and former homeless services user, and Derek McGuire, of Secret Street Tours, at the launch of the new service at the GPO. Photo: Maxwell's

An Post has teamed up with a number of Irish charities to launch a free postal service for homeless people.

The national postal company launched 'Address Point' today, which will provide a free personal postal address and letter collection service for people who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation.

The service will give those who are homeless the opportunity to arrange medical appointments, apply for jobs and keep in touch with family and friends.

Homelessness charities will help users to register, and will give them a personal address based on the person's choice of local post office, which will be their mail collection point.

Customers can then collect their letters on production of photo ID at the post office of their choice.

Debbie Byrne, managing director of An Post Retail, said they set out to find a solution that respected people's privacy.

"We are keenly aware of the difficulties which can result from people not having a reliable, secure mailing address or letter collection point to access vital services we all take for granted and in looking for a job," Ms Byrne said.

Irish Independent

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