Homelessness in Ireland

Educational Resources on Homelessness

Empty Homes

Peter McVerry Trust is Ireland’s leading advocate for action on empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces.

After organising Ireland’s first ‘Empty Homes’ conference in 2017, Peter McVerry Trust hired Ireland’s first full-time Empty Homes Officer and have since secured numerous advocacy goals to progress this issue.

The charity’s goal is to ensure the creation of a sustainable, systematic method of preventing and tackling empty homes and derelict sites.


According to Census 2016, there were 245,460 dwellings in Ireland which had been vacant for a period of at least 12 months.

Empty Homes Initiatives

There are a range of initiatives that allows Peter McVerry Trust to secure the reuse of empty buildings for the purpose of providing social housing to people currently experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

The charity is regularly securing properties under the Repair and Leasing Scheme, and Buy and Renew Scheme as part of Rebuilding Ireland. Additionally, Peter McVerry Trust is working directly with owners of vacant properties to deliver homes through Long Term Social Leasing.

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Peter McVerry Trust's Housing Projects

To date, Peter McVerry Trust has delivered more Empty Homes projects than any other Approved Housing Body in Ireland, providing a key to the door for people experiencing homelessness in a number of areas across Ireland.

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