Following a decision made at the recent Executive Body meeting on an initiative led by our President, Michael Stone, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), in collaboration with the Peter McVerry Trust, are proposing a refurbishment project to provide long term accommodation for homeless people.
The Peter McVerry Trust is a homeless and housing charity established by Fr Peter McVerry in 1983. Today the charity provides a wide range of supports and services to people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. The complex needs of those with whom we work is reflected across our services which at present include; prevention, homelessness, housing, drug treatment and U18s residential. In 2014 the charity worked with 4,460 individuals and provided 2,357 participants with residential placements. You can view the Peter McVerry Trust website on www.pmvtrust.ie
The development, located at Hogan Court in Dublin 2, consists of a vacant building comprising 12 individual units. These units are in need of complete refurbishment and upgrading to make them habitable before Christmas, along with some external works to the site.
“We are depending on the involvement and generosity of our members to undertake this work,” says CIF Director General Tom Parlon. “We are seeking your support in the form of a contribution which can be either a monetary donation or the provision of your services and expertise.”
Over the past year the number of homeless people needing and accessing accommodation has been increasing. This partnership initiative will make a meaningful and effective contribution to the Peter McVerry Trust in its valuable work, while the CIF is also committed to continuing to put pressure on Government to tackle homelessness and the social housing requirement.
“We would very much appreciate your participation in this project and you can be assured that your contribution will be put to very good use.”
If you wish to supply services or expertise in the form of labour or materials, you can do so by registering your interest by emailing Orla Brady at [email protected] before the end of June. Your interest will be logged and you will be contacted in due course.