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Saint Gobain, the global building materials supplier, today announced that it will donate €100,000 to Peter McVerry Trust. The money will be used to refurbish 6 apartments in a disused building in Dublin 8. The project which has just commenced should be completed around February 2015.
Speaking today Brian Dolan, MD for Saint-Gobain in Ireland said: “There is a deepening crisis in social housing in Ireland and we believe leading companies should put their shoulder to the wheel and return a social dividend from their success. It’s important that the industry doesn’t return to the selfish profit at all costs approach that characterised the boom years. ”
“A secure home is a human right that provides shelter, security and dignity to lead a rewarding and meaningful life. We are delighted this donation will ensure that 6 individuals or families will get a chance to start over with a new home.” added Dolan.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said: “We have, at present, over 90,000 households on social housing waiting lists, we also see rising rents, rising property costs and a rising number of people in homelessness. All of this has led to increasing pressure on homeless service providers such as Peter McVerry Trust, and it is a really positive move to see a company such as Saint-Gobain step forward to help us out”.
The renovation project, which starts with immediate effect, involves the refurbishment of a block of apartments in Dublin 8. The building is currently unused and run down, and has been leased by Dublin City Council to Peter McVerry Trust as part of efforts to bring voids back into use. The work funded by Saint-Gobain will involve gutting the building and getting it habitable and ready for new tenants to move in.
“What this means in reality is that 6 households will get a key to their own apartment, and a chance to create a home. The project will help vulnerable young homeless people to get back on their feet and give them a pathway back into society.” Pat Doyle.
Concluding Mr Doyle said that while the charity has been to the fore of efforts to provide emergency accommodation in Dublin it’s strategic aim is to significantly grow its housing stock to help as many people as possible exit homelessness. “Peter McVerry Trust is not only responding to the need for emergency accommodation but also has a number of projects similar to this which will develop housing for those in homeless services. We echo Minister Alan Kelly’s call that private sector companies need to come forward and support efforts to tackle homelessness our partnership with Saint – Gobain is a clear example of what can be achieved.”
Saint-Gobain has a long history in Ireland, with well-known building material brands such as Gyproc, 77 years manufacturing in Ireland, Isover & Weber each over 40 years in Ireland.