Peter McVerry Trust to run Walkinstown homeless hub
By Maurice Garvey
THE Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) has been announced as the service provider for the new homeless hub in Walkinstown.
The hub will house 40 rough sleepers who are single/couples at the former Bank of Ireland building on Balfe Road.
While an official opening date has not been confirmed, the facility is set to open before the end of December.
The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, who have leased the building for a period of 18 months, confirmed the PMVT as service provider for the Balfe Road facility to The Echo.
In recent weeks, news of the development generated much resistance in the community. Residents at packed public meetings expressed alarm at the lack of information, and fears over potential anti-social behaviour and drug use.
The Peter McVerry Trust referenced their “long and positive track record” in managing similar homeless services over the last 35 years.
In a community engagement charter released this week, the Trust said the hub should have “minimal impact on people living/working in the immediate vicinity.”
It said they are committed to cultivating positive relationships with neighbours, and where the need arises, to take steps to resolve any issues related to the facility.
A contact person from the charity will liaise directly with agreed community contacts and local representatives.
A property maintenance team from the charity will maintain property standards, including steps, gardens and planted areas.
With regard to anti-social behaviour and security, the PMVT will provide intensive on site supports to participants on a 24/7 basis for 365 days of the year.
They will also additionally enhance the existing CCTV system to monitor the premises and provide additional security. According to the DRHE, hub tenants will be engaged in a wraparound service, and eventually moved to permanent accommodation.