Youth Charity Expects 15% Increase in Numbers of Service Users

Peter McVerry Trust, the charity supporting young homeless people, expects to record a 15% increase in service users by the end of the year. The charity, which will mark its 30th anniversary in 2013, has been working continuously throughout the year to expand its services.

The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle, said " The total number of individuals who received support from our services in 2011 was over 1300 however, by october this year we had already exceeded that figure. We now expect to work with over 1500 people by the end of 2012. Despite the extra pressure on services we continue to ensure that our doors remain open to homeless people and no one is turned away."

Peter McVerry Trust is seeking to increase the number of independent housing units it can provide to the homeless and it recently received formal approval from Fingal County Council for a loan to purchase 10 apartments in Santry and will lease a further 9 residential units in Dublin 11. The charity has also taken over management of a hostel on Camden Street which, according to Pat Doyle, has been full almost every night.

"Our aim is to help these individuals develop a pathway out of homelessness"

"At the beginning of October we were asked to take over management of a 90 bed hostel on Camden Street. On the first night we had 92 people and we have been running at, or near , capacity every night since. the lowest number of individuals on any one night was 76 and the highest ww have accommodated is 96."

"We are now targeting 20 individuals who use the hostel providing them with support and expertise from Peter McVerry Trust. Our aim is to help these individuals develop a pathway out of homelessness, enabling them to make the transition from temporary accommodation to a future where they can live independently."

The charity has recently launched its Corporate Christmas Campaign which it hopes will raise €115,000 to fund the open access centre on Sherrard Street. The service provides a space for vulnerable young people to get support and advice from the streets to home team and Fr Peter McVerry.  The charity is asking companies to donate all, or part of, their Christmas card or gift budgets to the campaign.