National housing and homeless charity, the Peter McVerry Trust, will deliver 1,200 new social housing units before the end of 2025 under its new five-year strategic plan.

The scheme was launched today by the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, at the charity's new southern regional office in Cork City, where the charity has also delivered five new one-bedroom apartments.

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said: "This plan sets ambitious targets to significantly grow our delivery of new homes.

"It sees the Peter McVerry Trust setting the largest target yet by an AHB [Approved Housing Body] for homes through the Housing First model in Ireland as we set out to deliver 600 additional Housing First units by the end of 2025.

"In addition to those homes we are also going to provide a further 200 homes for care leavers under the CAS for Care system and we will provide a further 400 homes to other homeless individuals, couples and families.

"This will bring to 2,000 the number of homes and keys to the doors we have been able to provide nationally."

Mr Doyle added: "Our goal here is to ensure we offer as many sustainable housing pathways for people out of homelessness as we can.

"We will continue to respond as best we can by delivering a range of services and supports in the areas of homelessness, addiction, Under 18s residential care and education and employment."

Also present at today's launch was the charity's founder, Peter McVerry, Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath and Cork North Central Fianna Fáil TD Padraig O'Sullivan.