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16 Jan 2022

Depaul to take over SVP homeless service in Longford

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Depaul and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have reached an agreement for Depaul to take over the management of the SVP homeless service in Longford.

Depaul and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have reached an agreement for Depaul to take over the management of the SVP homeless service in Longford.

Both Depaul's St Martha's and Bethany House will have a capacity of 22, catering for both men and women and includes a transfer of nine staff for the service.

Last Monday afternoon marked the handover of the management of homeless services across a number of locations around Ireland, with an event taking place at Deerpark House, Cork, attended by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

SVP announced in September 2020 that it was planning to transfer the management of its homeless services to other charities with specialist expertise in the sector.

Depaul is a leading provider of services for people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Established in 2002 Depaul now manages over 30 specialised accommodation and outreach services and has been at the forefront of providing additional homeless services throughout the ongoing pandemic.

Depaul provides over 600-bed spaces per night and in 2020 supported over 3,500 people.

The landscape of running homeless accommodation in Ireland has changed over the last number of years.

This includes changes to government policy to a focus on housing-led solutions. SVP is transferring the management of seven hostels to Depaul due to its high level of specialisation in service delivery specifically in relation to the changes in government policy and the broader landscape. Crucially, the move benefits those who use the services.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said, "This transfer demonstrates the responsibility, foresight and vision of two organisations coming together to have a positive impact on people facing homelessness.

“Our Housing for All plan seeks to support our most vulnerable by significantly increasing the number of tenancies for those experiencing homelessness and who have more complex needs.

“Yet the pathway to eradicating homelessness is bound up with the constructive contributions of organisations like Depaul and SVP, working together in a progressive and transformational manner to meet the ever-changing needs of people facing homelessness.”

Depaul CEO, David Carroll said, “This has been an extensive process to ensure the smooth transition of service delivery always with the service user in mind. We would like to acknowledge the work of SVP in these services for many years which have helped so many people affected by homelessness. SVP staff and volunteers at these hostels have brought comfort to many and brought many others into a more settled environment.”

For further information about Depaul and its services please visit https://ie.depaulcharity.org/

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