Jan to officially open homeless shelter in Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan is to officially open homeless shelter McGarry House in the city.

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan is to officially open homeless shelter McGarry House in the city.

The housing minister will open the service, which provides accommodation to 34 homeless people and long-term accommodation to 30 former homeless people, this Friday.

McGarry House - previously known as Bridgeland House and located on Alphonsus Street - is operated by Novas Initiatives and funded by the HSE, Limerick City Council and the Department of the Environment.

It recently underwent considerable construction.

Novas operate a number of services aimed at those who are experiencing homelessness or are marginalised by society and recently featured on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme for the soup run it operates.

“The opening of McGarry House marks a major milestone for both Novas Initiatives and homeless provision in the Mid-West,” said a spokesperson.

“On one site people who are homeless now have access to a range of opportunities to assist them return to living independently.

“We now have 30 units of fully independent accommodation, in effect removing people from homeless services and offering them a ‘home for life’.

“Homelessness is not a choice anyone makes but stems largely in our experience from family breakdown, addiction, poor mental health and illness,” added the spokesperson.