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Young homeless people get 'key to own home' in moving documentary


A new documentary has been created which aims to show the real story behind the nature of Irish homelessness.

' Moving on' tells the individual stories of Emma (19) and Patrick (22) who move from a Peter McVerry Trust hostel to a redeveloped apartment building in Dublin 8.

The Peter McVerry Trust charity works with individuals at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, primarily in the Dublin region.

Traditional stereotypes of homelessness in Ireland are tackled as the film examines the power and security of having a place to call home.

An empty Dublin City Council housing complex is transformed from a derelict building into six modern apartments in the 14 minute clip.

The actual project to create these new homes cost over €100,000 and was funded by global construction materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain.

CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle, said: “This documentary shows the strong and determined young people that lay behind the stark homeless statistics we are often presented with. The stories of Emma and Patrick clearly illustrate the life changing impact a key to their own home will have on people in homelessness.”

The film was made by Tim Gannon and Graham Seely of Gannsee Films, a Dublin-based production company.

In 2015 Peter McVerry Trust expects to work with over 7,500 participants, the majority of whom are young, single people.

Brian Dolan, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain said: “This project shows the true power of a home to change people’s lives. This investment of €100,000 will provide six apartments for a generation and touch the lives of hundreds of people.

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