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 Fr Peter McVerry. Photo: Mark Condren

Fr Peter McVerry. Photo: Mark Condren

Fr Peter McVerry. Photo: Mark Condren

A CONSTRUCTION firm has made a €100,000 Christmas donation to the Peter McVerry Trust that will see six new social housing apartments made available next year.

The donation from multi-national construction suppliers Saint-Gobain will be used to refurbish a disused building in Dublin 8.

Pat Doyle, the charity's CEO, said the project will provide six families or individuals with a pathway back into society.

"When you hear the stories about people in homelessness, some of them are homeless for years," he said. "This project with Saint Gobain is going to take people out of the homelessness circle altogether.

"They will become like you and I. They will have their own key and their own tenancy.

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"That is what we want. We want a housing-first policy in this country. We want to move away from hostels so homeless people can go straight into housing.

"The more housing we get by way of government and private partnerships, the better."

With over 90,000 households currently on the social housing waiting list, Mr Doyle said he is hopeful the project will "shine a light" and encourage other businesses to come forward and support efforts to tackle homelessness.

"The minister is saying over the next six months that 50pc of all allocations will be for homelessness," he said.

"We couldn't have dreamt of that just a short a number of years ago.

"But housing lists are huge, so we don't want to leave it all to government policy either

"Public-private partnerships and projects like this are extremely important."

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