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Belvedere College students sleep out for homeless charities

Students at Dublin school are hopeful they can match last year's donations which raised almost €200,000 for Focus Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.

2018.12.23.

Peter McVerry Trust’s app named as digital pioneer

The Reusing Dublin Project uses an app that enables and encourages the public to log details of suspected vacant or derelict buildings across Dublin that can be investigated and potentially returned to use for social housing and a means of ending homelessness in the city.

2018.11.29.

Welcome and reservations for measures in Budget 2019

“Today was a step in the right direction, but we have a long way to go” – SVP.

2018.10.10.

“Use it or lose” it says homeless campaigner

Fr Peter McVerry backs action of ‘Take back the city’ group to “highlight the failure of government action”.

2018.09.19.

Homeless figures slightly down for March, but reliability is questioned

“The lack of reliable data, from construction generally to social housing to homelessness, is unacceptable and provides a poor base for policy-making” – Social Justice Ireland (SJI).

2018.05.03.

More than 9000 homeless

The new figures show that the number of homeless increased by 6% in one month alone from 8,587 in December 2017 to 9,104 in January 2018.

2018.03.01.

Support the elderly and vulnerable during extreme weather – Archbishop

“The weather forecast for the coming days is expected to be exceptionally cold and to include a significant snowfall. This bad weather will affect and frighten many people across our country.”

2018.02.28.

Housing First gets national director

Emergency accommodation is more expensive and less effective than Housing First which receives less than 1% of the national annual homeless budget in Ireland. In other countries up to 50% of the homeless services budget must be invested in the Housing First model.

2018.01.25.

Bishops call for referendum on right to a home

“Each of us has an option, to respect the dignity of all in our society through our actions or to choose to ignore this suffering.”

2017.12.09.

Homeless crisis worsens

Focus Ireland warned that these two new sets of figures clearly show that the homeless crisis is continuing to deepen with less than five weeks to Christmas.

2017.11.23.

Peter McVerry Trust spends €17 million on worsening homeless crisis

Thousands of homeless children have become the norm and no longer shocks us. We have lost our sense of outrage,” - Fr Peter McVerry.

2017.11.08.

Volunteers care for homeless during storm

With the help of volunteers and several homeless charities the Capuchin Day Centre stayed open for the duration of the storm and offered extra 120 beds for rough sleepers.

2017.10.18.

Charities welcome modest improvements in Budget

Social Justice Ireland (SJI) stated that Budget 2018 has given modest improvements for some but failed to get to grips with the scale of the crises needing to be addressed.

2017.10.12.

Homelessness is an emergency – Fr Peter McVerry

If the current rate of people becoming homeless continues, there will be 8,300 people living in homeless accommodation when the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe announces details of Budget 2018.

2017.08.30.

Social housing will reduce highest ever rents – Peter McVerry Trust

“The rising cost of rent is the main source of new homeless cases, and our worry is that we will see even more households losing their homes as the situation worsens”, Pat Doyle, CEO, Peter McVerry Trust.

2017.08.23.

Rapid-build housing offers a way out of homelessness – Peter McVerry Trust

Peter McVerry Trust hopes to see rapid-build housing play a bigger role in addressing homelessness in the future.

2017.08.03.

Homeless young people are living in limbo, says report

The study, carried out by Dr Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker of Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy, highlights causes of homelessness among young people, including family breakdown, leaving State care, early school leaving and lack of access to employment.

2017.05.31.

Rough sleeper figures disappoint McVerry Trust

“Given the sector added over 220 emergency beds in Dublin in late 2016 and has worked constantly to increase housing ‘move ons’ we had hoped that the figure would not be on the increase” – Pat Doyle, CEO.

2017.04.26.

Homelessness increases

There are 13 empty homes for every homeless adult in our cities.

2017.02.23.

Peter McVerry Trust says there are 13 empty houses for every homeless person

Local authorities need to become involved in the collation of data on empty properties and derelict sites of all types and sizes – Brian Friel, National Director of Housing with Peter McVerry Trust.

2017.02.05.

Peter McVerry Trust still willing to liaise with Apollo House

Members of the public formed a human chain around the building in support of those inside, chanting “homes for the homeless”.

2017.01.12.

Dublin’s Pro Cathedral seeks unwanted Christmas gifts for homeless

During 2016, Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin, provided 127,750 bed nights to over 1,600 people in six residences for people experiencing homelessness in the capital.

2016.12.27.

Budget 2017: Increase in overseas aid masks overall percentage drop

“Ireland has an international commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national income on helping the world’s poorest people, yet this budget will bring us further from this commitment” – Trócaire.

2016.10.12.

Drugs epidemic has potential to cause “utter havoc” – McVerry

In a new one-hour television documentary ‘Peter McVerry: A view from the Basement’, which will air on RTÉ One tonight, the Jesuit priest tells the Government, “We ignore the drug problem at our peril.”

2016.09.06.

Ireland has biggest homeless crisis since the Famine

Last year was the busiest ever for the Peter McVerry Trust which saw a 40% increase in the number of people supported in housing.

2016.08.31.

Intolerable: thousands of homes vacant at time of homeless emergency

Peter McVerry Trust calls for compulsory purchase of vacant buildings in private ownership.

2016.07.15.

More homeless as thousands of homes lie empty

74 families became newly homeless in Dublin in April while almost quarter of a million houses remain empty across the country.

2016.05.24.

Increase in people sleeping rough in Dublin

Peter McVerry Trust calls for “decisive action” by the Government to stem the flow of people into homelessness.

2016.05.05.

Homeless charities concerned at closure of shelters

Bru Aimsir in Dublin, which has been full every night since it opened in December, catering for 100 people, is to close this week.

2016.04.29.

McVerry lauds Youthreach’s second chance education

“Youthreach transmits fundamentally important values that the student has a value as a person regardless of past achievements.”

2016.04.04.
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