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A homeless charity is to provide emergency accommodation for 100 single people and 24 families in Dublin before Christmas.

The Peter McVerry Trust says the new accommodation represents the "single largest phase of new provision" it has provided to date.

It means it will be providing emergency accommodation to over 600 people per night in Dublin and Kildare.

Pat Doyle is CEO of Peter McVerry Trust.

"Our goal has always been to do whatever we can to respond to the need that exists.

"The unfortunate reality is that the number of people in homelessness continues to grow and as a result we need to secure significant increases in emergency accommodation provision."

"The delivery of 100 extra spaces for single adults as well as new accommodation for 24 families at this time of year is an enormous challenge not only to secure the buildings but to ensure we have the staff resources to deliver the appropriate levels of support.

"Thankfully we have been able to secure those resources and we are in a position to respond with a series of new services which mark the single largest response we have made in such a short period of time."

The new services are located Dublin city, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The vast majority of the additional provision will be secured from brand new services.

While a small number will be delivered by expanding one of its city centre hostels to provide more emergency accommodation to single women.

"In order to get families out of hotels and to prevent other families entering the hotel system we are going to provide emergency accommodation for 24 families in two new family hubs in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Fingal.

"This will bring to five the number of family hubs that we operate. These emergency accommodation services offer a vast improvement on hotels and B&Bs."

Peter McVerry Trust said it has worked closely with the DRHE, local authorities and the Department of Housing to secure and deliver the new services.


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