About Us
Peter McVerry Trust services provide support for individuals from the age of 12 upwards. However, the majority of those who access our services are young, homeless males aged from 18 to 35.

Open Access Service, Streets to Home Service and Education: This is an informal drop-in centre, where people can access basic services and to come and relax in a safe space. The service allows people to make cups of tea, have sandwiches and soup, use the telephone, and wash and dry their clothes. There is also a small left luggage facility managed by PeterMcVerry Trust’s Streets to Home team. Fr McVerry has been based in this service since the mid 1980s. The Streets to Home service offers advice and help with accommodation, legal problems or any other needs of the young people accessing the service. Peter McVerry Trust also places a strong emphasis on education as a preventative measure. We support individuals and projects in educational disadvantaged areas of Limerick and Dublin.
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Peter McVerry Trust provides long term housing for people exiting homelessness and at the moment we have just over 170 residential units. Peter McVerry Trust is committed to delivering Housing First approach in Ireland. The Housing First approach has at its core principle the belief that the first thing a homeless person needs is a home. It focuses on providing long term housing for homeless people and giving them the supports they need in order to live an independent life.
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Our homeless services provide emergency and temporary accommodation to almost 350 people each night. The length of individual placements varies greatly depending on the individual’s need and the service type. Emergency accommodation can be between 1-7 nights while temporary accommodation is normally up to six months. Everyone in our homeless services is assessed and supported by staff to help them find long term accommodation. These services also provide additional beds for rough sleepers during the cold weather period in the winter months each year.
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Peter McVerry Trust operates three drug treatment services. These services work with people at different stages of drug use. We provide two Stabilisation and Recovery Services. This facility delivers various programmes for people who are motivated to address their drug misuse and want to become drug free. There are two core programmes the stabilisation programme and the early relapse prevention programme. The services also offers a range of complementary supports including drop-in, vocational education, counselling, holistic therapies and a social breakfast gathering each Wednesday morning. Our third drug treatment service is a Residential Community Detox. Here we offer six week methadone detox programme and a three week Cannabis Cessation programme. Both programmes are combined with counselling, educational group work, holistic therapies and a horticultural programme.
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Peter McVerry Trust currently provides under 18s residential services for people between the ages of 12 – 18 across four locations in the Dublin area. The staff support each young person’s progression towards adulthood, helping them to develop the necessary skills needed for positive self-care, independent living and social integration. Our staff provide ongoing aftercare and support to young people moving from under 18 residential service to semi-independent and independent living.
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Darren's Success Story

Darren's Success Story

Darren has received support from several Peter McVerry Trust services for a number of years. In January 2013, the team within PMVT Housing Services secured an apartment for him where he has been living since. The apartment has provided stability which has enabled him to get employment and increase the amount of time he can spend with his daughter.
Frank's Success Story

Frank's Success Story

Frank and his wife Mary became homeless during the recession. During 2013 Peter McVerry Trust placed the couple in one of our apartments and they receive ongoing support from our Housing Services.

David & Maria's Success Story

David & Maria's Success Story

David and Maria were homeless for a number of years, they used to sleep rough and access emergency accommodation. Now with the help of Peter McVerry Trust the couple are living in their own apartment where they have the space to enjoy life with their two children.

Mark's Success Story

Mark's Success Story

Mark first came into contact with Peter McVerry Trust our prison in reach work with young offenders. After
he was released from prison he sought the support of the charity and was provided with support from
several of our services and with accommodation through our Homeless Services. He now lives in a
Peter McVerry Trust apartment in Fingal.

A note from CEO Pat Doyle

A note from CEO Pat Doyle

Education and learning are important tools when it comes to preventing and tackling homelessness. Education can also help build a fairer society where homelessness does not exist and where the needs of vulnerable young people are fully met. Peter McVerry Trust has developed this website in the hope that it will help you to better understand homelessness in Ireland today. It is vitally important that we are all aware of the issues and causes that surround homelessness. We also need to realize that there are large numbers of children, young people, individuals, couples and families that are facing huge challenges everyday and lack that essential space that we all call home. At Peter McVerry Trust we are proud of our work to help young people in need, working with children from the ages of 12 upwards we see firsthand the failure of society and communities to respond to the need of the vulnerable. We hope that by helping you to learn more about the issues that we work with that you can help to create a better, fairer Ireland where the needs of the most vulnerable are met and homelessness is... read more
Who is Peter McVerry?

Who is Peter McVerry?

Fr Peter McVerry SJ has been working with vulnerable young people in Dublin for the last 40 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for their rights. In 1974 Fr McVerry moved to Summerhill, in Dublin’s north inner-city, where he witnessed first hand the problems of homelessness and deprivation. There he came into contact with young people who were sleeping on the streets because of their home situation. He opened a hostel for homeless boys, aged 12-16, in 1979 and this subsequently became his life-time work He saw through the work of this hostel that when the boys reached 16 and needed to leave, they had few options open to them and most ended up back living on the streets. This realisation led him to set about providing services and accommodation for these older youths. In 1983 he had founded the Arrupe Society, a charity to tackle homelessness which has since been renamed as the Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT).The charity has progressed from a three bedroom flat in Ballymun to eleven homeless hostels, over 100 apartments, a residential drug detox centre and two drug stabilisation services. The vision of PMVT is to support all those living on the margins and to uphold their rights to full inclusion in society. As a social activist Peter is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society. He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education. He is a critic of government policy on issues such as homelessness, drugs and criminal justice. Peter is based at... read more