A charity says it will be able to give thirteen homeless families in Dublin a place to live by this Christmas.
The Peter McVerry Trust has unveiled new city centre apartments, which will go to those in emergency accommodation.
The thirteen homes, at Castle Court on Castle Street, cost €3.7m to build and is the charity's most expensive project yet.
The 7 two-bed and 6 one-bed units will be used to house people who have been living in emergency accommodation.
The Junior Housing Minister, Damien English, wished the new residents "luck and happiness" in their new homes.
"It’s great that those very difficult days are behind them. These apartments represent a new home and a new start", he said.
Joanne who’s currently in emergency accommodation with her two children receives the keys to her new appartment from the CEO of The Peter McVerry Trust and Junior Housing Minister Damien English pic.twitter.com/sLGW88jxgW
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Pat Doyle, CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, said the charity is delighted "to hand over a set of keys to a new tenants knowing that they have left homelessness behind for good".
"Everyone who is allocated one of these new units will receive ongoing, professional support from our Housing with Supports team", he said.
The 13 homes launched today have been secured through partnership with the Housing Agency, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Dublin City Council.
The Peter McVerry Trust is on course to open more social housing developments in the next few months.