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Una Deasy has been appointed CEO of national housing and homeless charity NOVAS Una Deasy has been appointed CEO of national housing and homeless charity NOVAS

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Novas appoints new CEO Una Deasy to oversee national service delivery 

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Una Deasy pictured above has been appointed CEO of national housing and homeless charity NOVAS.

Una Deasy says, “leading the organisation to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our communities with a trauma informed, person-centered approach is critical.”

Una Deasy - Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

National housing and homeless charity NOVAS have appointed a new CEO. Following the retirement of the incumbent, Una Deasy has been appointed to lead the organisation. With its dead office in Limerick City, Novas is the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West and also delivers supports in Cork, Kerry and Dublin. Last year the organisation worked with more 5,000 people.  

Prior to Novas, Una Deasy was part of the Saint Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Services Senior Management team, supporting and developing residential and outreach services across the country. Una has a range of experience in the private sector and not-for-profit organisations including Trócaire, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Amazon and Apple, leading projects and people in a range of areas. Una holds a Masters in Learning and Development, a Diploma in Management and Employee Relations and is completing Postgraduate studies in Innovation. 


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Una explains that, “for me, leading the organisation to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our communities with a trauma informed, person-centered approach is critical. We want to efficiently and creatively provide excellent care to our clients and tenants and build sustainable futures with them.’ She acknowledges the huge challenges that face the sector, noting “the unprecedented cost of living combined with the dearth in long-term housing has resulted in more people than ever seeking our support. We, as an organisation, are ready to play our part in creating sustainable solutions to the crisis in collaboration with our partners in government. We commit to creating services that are agile to the evolving needs of our clients.” 

Una assumed her new position in February 2022 and looks forwards to strategically leading Novas in the coming years and to creating lasting solutions to homelessness. 

About Novas:

Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They provide a range of services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland. We offer bespoke, client-centred services, based on empirical evidence of eighteen years’ experience of working with people who are homeless in Ireland. They believe everyone is entitled to a home.

In 2002, Novas established its first service in Ireland – a temporary supported, low-threshold accommodation service in Limerick. Since then they have grown significantly with more than 30 services in counties Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Dublin, Cork and Kerry. They support our clients through Housing, Health and Recovery. They recognise the complex issues that cause homelessness and endeavour to offer holistic, long-term solutions.

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