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Housing First scheme for long term homeless will house 35 by 2021

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Paddy Donnelly Director of Services Louth County Council, Joan Martin Chief Executive Louth County Council, Brian Friel Deputy Chief Executive Peter Mc Verry Trust, Emma McMillin Director of Housing Peter Mc Verry Trust, Adrian McHugh Senior Staff Staff Louth County Council, Aoife Lawler Senior Executive Louth Council and Francis Doherty Deputy Director Peter Mc Verry Trust at the of the Signing of the Contracts for North East Housing at the Council Office Fair Street. Photo Credit: Jimmy Weldon.

A new initiative aimed at providing housing and appropriate supports for rough sleepers and the long term homeless was launched by Louth County Council and the Peter McVerry Trust on Tuesday.

The Housing First initiative is a new national service that aims to re-house vulnerable people sleeping rough and long term homeless, while offering those with complex need multi-disciplinary wrapround and specialist supports to ensure they have the care needed to stay in a home of their own.

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Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin and Brian Friel, Deputy CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, were on hand to sign the papers to officialyl mark the beginning of the scheme at the local authority’s Fair Street offices in Drogheda. A minimum of 35 rough sleepers and long term homeless persons will be housed under the programme.

Three councils based in the North East – Louth County Council, Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council – will link with the Peter McVerry Trust to provide the housing units across the three counties.

Further supports will also be provided by the Peter McVerry Trust’s North East Housing First team with support of the HSE.

According to a statement issued by Louth County Council on Wednesday, the contract was awarded to Peter McVerry Trust following a competitive tender process in late last year.

The initiative will run until the end of 2021.

The Peter McVerry Trust, who have offices on Laurence Street in Drogheda, has been working on the Housing First model since 2011 in Dublin. According to the charity, Housing First participants will have ready, time-unlimited access to support and treatment services, for as long as the participant requires.

They say that even if a tenancy fails, Housing First will continue to support the individual to another tenancy and the support service continues to engage with the participant.

For more information on the Housing First scheme, log on to the Peter McVerry Trust website, here.

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Tuesday was a busy day for senior Louth County Council officials as they also paid a visit to new social housing prpject ‘Tooting Meadow’ in Drogheda, where tenants will start to take up occupancy this week. A joint project with te North East Housing Association, the new build consists of 15 units – ten apartments and five townhouses.

Tooting Meadow, on the site of the old fire station on Scarlett Street, was designed by McKevitt King architects and constructed by Ganson.

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