Thursday 13 December 2018

McVerry opens new hub to take in families

Tom Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Maria Bailey TD; council housing director Catherine Keenan, and Peter McVerry Trust CEO Pat Doyle
Tom Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Maria Bailey TD; council housing director Catherine Keenan, and Peter McVerry Trust CEO Pat Doyle
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

The Peter McVerry Trust has opened 17 new family hub sites to cater for up to 51 homeless people in south Dublin.

A site at Monkstown was opened by the organisation for the first time yesterday.

"We've opened up this new service ... to demonstrate that the quality of accommodation and services we provide to families is of the utmost importance to Peter McVerry Trust and our partners in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council," said Pat Doyle, CEO of the trust. He said providing families with access to key workers and specialised support services was vital to ensure they can move on to permanent and secure accommodation as quickly as possible.

"Although we continue to call on the Government and local authorities to prioritise the delivery of new homes for people experiencing homelessness, we do believe that family hubs offer a better alternative to families who find themselves living in private emergency accommodation in the form of commercial hotels and B&Bs," he said.

The latest figures showed there were 3,333 children homeless in November, with 1,530 families in hotels and more than 5,500 adults living in emergency accommodation.

Irish Independent

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