Homelessness in Ireland

Educational Resources on Homelessness


Peter McVerry Trust is acutely aware of the seriousness of homelessness and the challenges faced by people who are either at risk of it, are experiencing it, or have experienced it.

Central to Peter McVerry Trust’s ethos is the non-judgemental nature of the charity’s work and the unconditional positive regard each member of the charity has for the people it works with and supports.

Through working with the media, Peter McVerry Trust strives to:

Achieving the above can be done through actions which can be perceived as simple, like considerate use of language and imagery.

For example, where possible the charity refrains from saying “homeless people”, and instead says “people experiencing homelessness”, because this puts the person first and serves as a reminder that people are not defined by the challenges they face.

Below are a number of examples of recent media coverage of Peter McVerry Trust.

"Live simply, share generously."

In April 2021, Fr Peter McVerry was a guest on The Tommy Tiernan Show. On reducing homelessness, Fr McVerry spoke of the importance of building social housing and inserting a right to housing in the constitution.

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Newstalk - Fr Peter McVerry on The Thursday Interview

From his upbringing in Newry and his life in Dublin, to his calling to the priesthood and work with people in homelessness, Fr Peter McVerry spoke with Newstalk’s Kieran Cuddihy about his life at the forefront of fighting for social justice.

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RTÉ - 50% rise in people securing homes through Peter McVerry Trust

More than 1,200 people* have been given help to secure a home of their own this year with the support of the Peter McVerry Trust, a 50% increase on the figure for last year.

* Figure was correct at the time of publishing (3rd December 2020), with over 1,300 people supported into housing in 2020 by 31st December.

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The Irish Sun - New Peter McVerry Trust residents praise charity for its ‘life-changing’ help

Two new Peter McVerry Trust residents have heaped praise on the charity for the “life-changing” housing help, describing it as “a blessing” and “an early Christmas present”.

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EchoLive - Peter McVerry Trust announce major construction programme with homes expected in Cork

Peter McVerry Trust has announced a new programme that aims to ramp up social housing delivery across Cork.

The national housing and homeless charity began working in Cork City and County last year and as part of the new construction programme, it hopes to deliver 210 social housing units across the country.

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