Father Peter McVerry Trust assisted over 10,000 people last year, according to its annual report released today.
The national housing and homeless charity helped 30 percent more people in 2021 compared to 2020, according to its annual report out today.
It provides low-threshold entry services primarily for younger people and vulnerable adults with complex needs, and provides pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model.
The trust, which is now active in 28 municipalities, said 2021 will be marked by the “ongoing expansion” of its Housing First programme, the response to Covid-19 and the “increase in its own home delivery and tenant servicing”.
Housing First provides housing and intensive, all-round care for people affected by homelessness.
According to the report, at the end of last year the McVerry Trust had 680 active Housing First leases in 14 counties, while continuing to increase the number of homes offered for Housing First to other counties outside of its contract areas.
“Under the plan, an additional 1,319 assisted tenancies are expected to be deployed over the next five years,” the report said.
McVerry Trust CEO Pat Doyle said the charity’s efforts to scale up Housing First go hand-in-hand with its public housing delivery program, culminating in the delivery of nearly 200 new public housing units in 2021.
“Providing quality housing and providing people with the key to their own homes and the support to maintain their tenancies is an incredibly important part of what we do and an area that will be a top priority for years to come,” said Mr. Doyle.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity helped thousands of people affected by homelessness to self-isolate and supported over 1,500 vulnerable people to get vaccinated by the end of 2021.
“Our targeted and efficient response to Covid-19 has indeed provided a hidden opportunity to provide vital support to vulnerable people, some of whom have not engaged with homeless services in years.
“The stability that internships in Covid-19 facilities provide gave staff time to work with people on the issues that led them to homelessness and provided quick access to treatment for mental health or addiction issues,” added Mr. Doyle added.
“Protecting vulnerable young people is at the heart of the work and ethos of the Peter McVerry Trust,” the report added.
“In February, in partnership with TULSA, we expanded our U-18 services with the opening of a new service in Dublin.
“The service provides short-term internships to young people aged 12 to 17 who need an immediate response and has placed 74 young people by the end of the year.
“Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have increased the capacity of our dedicated isolation service to accommodate 54 young people. In total, we supported 206 young people in 2021.”
The McVerry Trust also supports people affected by drug and alcohol addiction and a total of 2,612 adults were helped to stabilize or detox at its Dublin recovery center last year.
https://www.independent.ie/news/mcverry-trust-charity-supported-10000-people-last-year-42127024.html The McVerry Trust charity supported 10,000 people last year