About Us

Peter McVerry Trust worked with over 4,500 people in 2016. We work with primarily with young single individuals, but also offer support to increasing numbers of couples and families. The majority of those who access our services are young, homeless males aged from 18 to 35.  

Information and Advice Centre:  Peter McVerry Trust operates an information and advice service in Dublin 7. This service, together with our referrals and assessment team provides support and information to people at risk of homelessness.

Education: The ability to access and sustain education is crucial factor in determining people’s risk of becoming homeless. Peter McVerry Trust currently operates a small but growing education programme as means to help young people ever coming to need homeless services. This include educational bursaries delivered via youth project partners and schools in particularly disadvantaged communities.

Freephone Out of Hours Information and Advice Helpline (Kildare): The Out of Hours Information and Advice Service for County Kildare is operated by Peter McVerry Trust on behalf of Kildare County Council. Freephone 1800 804 307 The service offers information and advice to those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in Kildare. The freephone number operates outside of Kildare County Council’s office hours and at weekends. Please note the operating hours below. Freephone Operating Hours: The freephone number is active from 5pm -9pm Monday to Friday. It operates from Noon – 5pm Saturday & Sunday.

Open Access Centre and Streets to Home Service: 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 Peter McVerry 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's Information and Advice Centre

Peter McVerry Trust’s Information and Advice Centre

Peter McVerry Trust provides long term housing for people exiting homelessness and at the moment we have just over 220 residential units. We currently provide housing supports in Dublin, Kildare, Limerick and Laois. Peter McVerry Trust is committed to delivering Housing First model  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 while providing intensive supports to them once housed in order to maintain their housing and to live an independent life.
St Agatha's Court, Dublin 1 completed in June 2017.

St Agatha’s Court, Dublin 1 completed in June 2017.

Our homeless services provide emergency and temporary accommodation to over  500 people each night. The vast majority of our homeless services provide people with placements based on a 6 month accommodation model. Sadly because of the lack of social and affordable housing people are forced to stay in homeless services for much longer than 6 months. Everyone in our homeless services is assessed and supported by staff to help them find long term accommodation. We operate emergency homeless accommodation in Dublin and Kildare. 
Photo from Peter Mcverry Trust's emergency accommodation in Kildare.

Photo from Peter Mcverry Trust’s emergency accommodation in Kildare.

Peter McVerry Trust operates two drug treatment services. These services work with people at different stages of drug use. We provide a Stabilisation and Recovery Service. 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 second drug treatment service is a Residential Community Detox which is based in North County Dublin and operates a horticultural model on a 5 acre site. Here we offer six week methadone detox programme, Cannabis Cessation and Alcohol detox programmes . These programmes are combined with counselling, educational group work, holistic therapies and a horticultural programme.
One of the buildings on site of Peter McVerry Trust Residential Community Detox.

One of the buildings on site of Peter McVerry Trust Residential Community Detox.

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. Peter McVerry Trust recently secured Government commitment to fund aftercare housing options under the Rebuilding Ireland strategy. This means that the Government will provide housing options for young people exiting State care who would otherwise be at risk of entering homeless services. 
Drawing from an U18s service.

Drawing from an U18s service.

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