An anonymous charitable bequest of 1.5 million euros for the delivery of social housing in Galway
More than 30 new social housing units will be delivered by charities in Galway thanks to an anonymous donation of 1.5 million euros.
Threshold and the Peter McVerry Trust were the beneficiaries of an anonymous bequest in a will left to the Community Foundation for Ireland.
The donation will support the delivery of 32 social housing units in Galway, and a further 14 in Limerick.
He will also support Threshold in a number of initiatives, including moves to enshrine the right to housing in the constitution.
Other campaigns by the housing charity include the introduction of a deposit protection scheme, as well as increased tenure security for private tenants.
Threshold receives €1 million and Peter McVerry Trust receives €500,000 from the inherited gift.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said they were extremely grateful for this “transformative” gift, which will help them tackle homelessness in the West.
“The funding will enable us to help over 100 people move into high quality social housing with the continued support of the Peter McVerry Trust tenant support team.”
“Our goal now is to act as quickly as possible to use the donated funds to equip social housing and support our new tenants’ benefits arising from this donation to people affected by homelessness in Galway and Limerick.”
Denise Charlton, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Ireland, said the charitable donor supports works that could change the housing debate in Ireland forever.
“Philanthropic giving is different. Not only does he respond to an immediate need, but he also has a longer-term vision by focusing on solutions. We see it with this gift.
“Partnering with Threshold will increase tenant protection that has been lacking for too long, or in some cases does not exist at all.”
She highlighted the ‘magnitude and generosity’ of this giving, saying legacy giving made up just 6% of charitable giving in Ireland.