McVerry Trust set to help Limerick's homeless

McVerry Trust set to help Limerick's homeless

Fr McVerry and Fr Tony O’Riordan, Moyross

ANOTHER housing and homeless charity has said that its plans to roll out housing services in Limerick are now at an advantaged stage, such is the crisis of homelessness in the city.

The Peter McVerry Trust, originally set up to support young homeless people in Dublin, has become a significant provider of social housing in recent years. It is due to officially unveil its plans for Limerick in mid-December.

“For the past year Peter McVerry Trust has been working closely with the local authority to move ahead with plans to deliver housing services in the region,” said Pat Doyle, chief executive of the charity.

“Given the profile and needs of people experiencing homelessness in Limerick we believe Peter McVerry Trust’s expertise will help create positive outcomes for those in homelessness at the moment,” said Mr Doyle.

He said that they have used both State funding and funding from private donors to acquire properties in Limerick over the past year.

“Now, we are in a position where we hope that our housing services will be operational before Christmas and we can help people leave homelessness for good.”

Mr Doyle continued by saying that the new service will build on the charity’s housing work to date in other counties.

“The new units will be operated by our Housing with Supports Service who have a wealth of experience in providing housing and wrap around supports in Dublin, Kildare and Laois. Our goal is to ensure that the people who move into the new units can sustain their tenancies and begin a journey to reintegrate into society and their communities.”

Mr Doyle concluded by making an appeal to individuals and businesses in Limerick to support the charity’s annual Christmas fundraising appeal.

“At this time of year there is an even greater need for homeless services. The donations we receive from businesses and individuals are the difference between being able to respond or not to the needs of people in homelessness. This year Peter McVerry Trust needs to raise more fundraising income than ever before in order to ensure we meet the need that exists.”

Donations can be made online or by calling 01 823 0776.