Construction Industry Federation’s CSR initiative delivers 12 social housing units for Peter McVerry Trust
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has joined forces with the Peter McVerry Trust to refurbish 12 homes for the homeless in time for Christmas.
The project at Hogan Court, in Dublin 2, saw extensive renovations of the vacant properties, with new windows, electrics, plumbing, dry lining and improvements made to fire safety standards and ventilation.
External works focused on creating a more visually appealing block of apartments and improved accessibility for people with disabilities to the ground floor units.
The building was officially unveiled on Friday 21st December by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ni Dhálaigh, and Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys.
The new tenants will come from Dublin City Council’s housing list, including people coming directly from homeless services.
Individual tenants are the largest group among the homeless – they find much more difficult to access social housing, which have historically been built as family homes.
CIF President Michael Stone said: “This unique project brought together the skills and expertise of more than 35 CIF member firms, who have generously donated time, money, and materials, all with the aim of taking homeless people off the housing waiting lists.
“As we are all too well aware, the number of homeless people needing and accessing accommodation over the past year has been increasing. This partnership between the CIF and the Peter McVerry Trust will make a meaningful and effective contribution to tackling this crisis.”
“When you add up all the man hours and materials donated by our members, and supporters it comes to a value of €700,000. When you add in the price of all the final finishes, landscaping, appliances and household goods required, the project will have cost over €1m.”
CEO of Peter McVerry Trust Pat Doyle said: “We are delighted to have been able to partner with the Construction Industry Federation Members and their supporters to deliver these units.
“We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the project that has left us with 12 high quality studio apartments which are ideal for single people in need of social housing.”
“These 12 units represented were unlikely to have been brought back into use in the coming years without the support of the CIF. Now they are not only a stable and secure home for 12 individuals but they represent a new start, new opportunities and the security and peace of mind that all people in homelessness or precarious housing situations crave.”
“The project also underlines what can be achieved when we work in partnership, have the will to achieve a clear objective and the resources to match. These 12 voids have been completely transformed in 12 weeks. This is a format that we hope will be replicated next years and in the years to come.”
The Peter McVerry Trust was set up 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.