Sunday 22 September 2019

Peter McVerry Trust offers accommodation to 40 residents of Apollo House

Bedroom at Apollo House
Bedroom at Apollo House
Kenneth Dempsey leaves after spending the night in the NAMA owned Apollo House, which was been turned into a makeshift hostel
Agents acting for Apollo House post the High Court notice to vacate the building on the gates of Apollo House. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Kodaline and Glen Hansard
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Eight people staying in Apollo House have opted to consider secure accommodation offered by the Fr Peter McVerry Trust.

The charity, which visited the make-shift homeless hostel on Thursday, has offered accommodation to the 40 people staying in the disused office block.

They will now have two days to consider it and scout the accomodation. If they opt to take it their beds will be reopened to rough sleepers. However, if they decide not to take up the offer they can remain in Apollo House according to organisers.

This week a High Court judge ruled that the occupants of the building may remain in place until January 11.

Kenneth Dempsey leaves after spending the night in the NAMA owned Apollo House, which was been turned into a makeshift hostel
Kenneth Dempsey leaves after spending the night in the NAMA owned Apollo House, which was been turned into a makeshift hostel

"Apollo House was never intended to replace homeless services, but to help deal with the overflow they cannot handle; given the worsening homeless crisis during this housing emergency," he said.

"The mood inside Apollo House is one of excitement and joy, in the knowledge that the activities of the volunteers is having a material effect for the benefit for society's most vulnerable people.

According to the Home Sweet Home campaign who organised the take-over the following agreement between the charity and Apollo House has been made:

The following agreement has been made between Apollo House and the Peter McVerry Trust in regards to residents moving from Apollo House to Peter McVerry Trust Hostels.

Agents acting for Apollo House post the High Court notice to vacate the building on the gates of Apollo House. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Agents acting for Apollo House post the High Court notice to vacate the building on the gates of Apollo House. Picture; Gerry Mooney

1. All residents have their own agency to make decisions regarding their future.

2. All residents will be fully informed of the role of the McVerry Trust in Apollo House.

3. All residents have a choice whether to be assessed by the McVerry Trust or not.

4. No pressure will be applied to any resident regarding moving on or to stay at Apollo House.

5. Residents have the choice to go and view the accommodation before making a decision to move on.

"Apollo House believes this public support has not only turned the building into a symbol of resistance to the housing crisis and its causes, but has drawn on years of work done by different communities to light the spark of a major housing movement in this country," the statement added.

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