This week, Depaul and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) reached an agreement for Depaul to take over the management of the homeless helpdesk in Carlow.

The new Barrow Place will accommodate 20 men and women and includes a transfer of nine employees for the service.

Monday January 10 marked the transfer of the management of homeless services to several locations in Ireland, with an event taking place today at Deerpark House, Cork, in the presence of An Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

SVP announced in September 2020 that it plans to transfer the management of its homeless services to other charities with specialized expertise in the sector.

Depaul is one of the leading providers of services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Established in 2002, Depaul now operates over 30 specialized shelter and outreach services and has been at the forefront of providing additional services to the homeless throughout the ongoing pandemic. Depaul offers more than 600 places per night and in 2020 supported more than 3,500 people.

The landscape of managing homeless housing in Ireland has changed in recent years. This includes changes to government policy to focus on housing-based solutions. SVP transfers the management of seven hostels to Depaul due to its high level of specialization in service delivery, particularly in relation to changes in government policy and the wider landscape. Above all, the move benefits those who use the services.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin witnessed the transfer of today’s services to Deerpark House, which he opened in 2002, and said:

“This transfer demonstrates the responsibility, foresight and vision of two organizations coming together to have a positive impact on people experiencing homelessness.

“Our Housing for All plan aims to support our most vulnerable by considerably increasing the number of rentals for people who are homeless and have more complex needs.

“Yet the path to ending homelessness is tied to the constructive contributions of organizations like Depaul and SVP, working together in progressive and transformational ways to meet the evolving needs of those facing homelessness.

“Having initially opened this center in 2002 as Minister of Health, I would like to congratulate and thank the staff and volunteers of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul who have worked tirelessly over the years to support those affected by homelessness and poor housing.

“I know this work will continue through their social housing projects and through the 1,200 local conferences working across the island of Ireland. I look forward to seeing the invaluable work Depaul will do in the future for this community and others. “

Depaul CEO David Carroll said:

“Depaul and SVP are values-driven organizations that always put the service user at the heart of everything we do.

“Over the past 19 years, Depaul has grown in response to both the complex and changing demands of the homeless population and the solutions outlined in government policy. The primary consideration between the two organizations is to ensure the continuity of services and the advancement of housing-focused responses to homelessness in these regions.

He went on to say:

“It was a thorough process to ensure the smooth transition of service delivery always keeping the user of the service in mind. We would like to thank SVP’s work in these services for many years which has helped so many people affected by homelessness. SVP staff and volunteers at these hostels have brought comfort to many and brought many others to a more sedentary environment. “

SVP National President Rose McGowan said:

“The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is proud of the services we have provided to Deerpark since it opened nineteen years ago. We know that Depaul will continue what we started and we wish them and ‘service team and service users, the best of good luck in this next chapter. “

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