22/11/2017 Peter McVerry Trust beds. Pictured is Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, with Pat Doyle, CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, as they launched the DRHE’s Cold Weather Strategy during a visit to the first of the new permanent emergency beds facilities which will be operated by the Peter McVerry Trust on the Cabra Road. Photographer: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Cold Weather Initiative

Posted November 22nd, 2017

Today I confirmed an additional 200 emergency beds for homeless individuals and rough sleepers. I also announced the Cold Weather Initiative of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. You can read my statement below.

No person should have to sleep on our streets or be without shelter at any time of the year.

At the Housing Summit in September, I emphasised the need for all Local Authorities to have enough emergency beds and appropriate facilities in place for every person sleeping rough on any night of the week.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) have reported today that a total of 184 people were sleeping rough across the Dublin region on the night of the 7th November 2017. We are currently in the process of delivering 200 additional permanent emergency beds so that there will be a bed and all the necessary supports available for anyone who needs them. All of these beds will be brought into use over the coming weeks and all will be in place by 18 December.

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