The IAF are delighted to continue our partnership with Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing charity, for Open House Dublin 2017. Almost 7,000 people are currently experiencing homelessness in Ireland; with the numbers of people becoming homeless continuing to increase month on month.
There are, in parallel, thousands of empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces across Ireland. Peter McVerry Trust have advocated for action on this issue of vacant properties since 2014, believing it can play a key role in improving housing availability, housing affordability, and reducing and ultimately eliminating homelessness.
To date, Peter McVerry Trust have brought over 50 units of accommodation back into use. The charity has placed over 200 individuals in homes of their own, and are placing a continued focus on bringing empty and unused accommodation back into use, to deliver homes and other forms of accommodation needed in Ireland today.
During 2016, Peter McVerry Trust also provided 12,500 home support visits to people in own homes. These visits are crucial to helping people integrate into their communities and remain in their homes for the long term.
Support Peter McVerry Trust
Open House Dublin 2017 is again collaborating with Peter McVerry Trust by offering all proceeds of the Open House “Text to Donate” button to their cause. To donate, text OHD to 50300. Text costs €4. Peter McVerry Trust will receive a minimum of €3.25. (100% of text cost goes to Peter McVerry Trust across most networks. Some providers apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 goes to the charity). Service provider: LikeCharity. Helpline: 076 6805278.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the IAF on Open House Dublin 2017. As an organisation that strives to provide the best quality accommodation for people exiting homelessness, Peter McVerry Trust are very happy to be associated with Open House Dublin to highlight the importance of the use of space in our city. With your support, we can continue providing safe, quality, long-term accommodation - ultimately, providing keys to doors for people without a home.” —Peter McVerry Trust
Peter McVerry Trust provide a range of services ranging from prevention and support, homeless services, housing first, drug treatment, and Under 18s services. For more details on the work of Peter McVerry Trust, visit www.pmvtrust.ie