Respond! Housing Association today announced the re-opening of Cuan Álainn in Tallaght, Co. Dublin following agreement with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and South Dublin County Council. Originally a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence, Cuan Álainn will be re-opened as secure accommodation for women and children who are homeless. Continue reading
“We need to start building now” – Respond!
The Respond! housing charity today welcomed the Irish League of Credit Union’s proposal of a €5 billion fund for social housing.
Respond! CEO Ned Brennan said:
“We very much welcome and support the Credit Union’s wish to use their surplus funds to help Ireland deliver the social houses we so desperately need. It shows the Credit Unions have the wider interests of Ireland at the heart of their business model and wish to contribute to the common good. Continue reading
The Respond! Housing charity today called on all TDs elected to the new Dáil to make the delivery of social housing their number 1 priority as they enter negotiations on possible dimensions of a new Government.
Ned Brennan, CEO of Respond! said:
“Regardless of who is Taoiseach or what parties make up the new Government, one thing has been clear for some time – that is Ireland is in the midst of a housing crisis so severe we see new families becoming homeless every day. Continue reading
Reporter with the Irish Independent Paul Melia spoke to Ned Brennan about the housing crises and the findings contained in the ESRI Study March 2016
Paul Melia: Amid all the chaos, planning for ageing is forgotten
Published in the Independent on 9th March 2016
In a housing crisis, it’s no surprise that sectoral interests fall by the wayside.
For a Government facing a national emergency on homelessness, coupled with a need to boost housing supply to cater for renters, those on council waiting lists and private homeowners, it was inevitable that housing for the elderly fell down the list of priorities.
And while the ESRI suggests giving cash to these empty nesters to encourage them to move into smaller homes, it’s worth bearing in mind that the think-tank estimates this would release just 26,000 homes – this is little over a year’s supply.
Of far bigger concern, and something which all policy makers need to start tackling, is how we deal with our ageing population. Continue reading
The Respond! College conferring ceremonies in Dublin and Cork was a huge celebration for our graduates and their families. This new qualification saw the graduation of 32 students with a Level 6 Certificate in Community Studies. The course was designed to explore concepts of community and community development within a social analysis framework and encourage participation within a community setting. It blends academic depth and rigour with an opportunity to achieve a deep sense of well-being and personal fulfilment. Continue reading
In the context of the €1.5 billion fiscal space available in Budget 2016, RESPOND! Housing believe that social housing should be prioritised as the greatest social challenge facing Ireland’s current generation. The housing charity think that the Government regulations and taxes, have made homes too expensive to construct and urge the removal of increased regulation, planning and finance obstacles which are hindering increased social housing supply. Continue reading
RESPOND! Housing has announced that it cannot continue to fund the Cuan Álainn homeless refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Tallaght. Respond! has bank-rolled the refuge in Tallaght for the past three and half years without any financial support from the State.
“We cannot continue to fully subvent this service, 100% from our own resources, without any State assistance due to the cost burden. We have come to the regrettable decision to close the service in an orderly manner before the end of the year” stated Ned Brennan, Chief Executive Officer with Respond! Continue reading
Respond! Housing is delighted to have been approved by the Housing Finance Agency under European Investment Bank funding for energy upgrade works to 550 homes. The securing of this loan along with grant funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will enable deep retrofit energy upgrade works to 550 homes, in various parts of the country, at an overall project cost of €7.88 million. The wide ranging upgrade works include installation of new gas & oil boilers, heat pumps, inset stoves, heating controls, new doors and windows, attic and wall insulation, CO alarms and CFL bulbs. Since 2012, Respond! has undertaken energy upgrade works to 1,340 units at an overall project cost of € 12.6 million with a grant funding from SEAI of just under €6.2 million. Ned Brennan CEO with Respond! acknowledged:
“Respond! is pleased to announce that it is the first Approved Housing Body in Ireland to benefit from funding available through the European Investment Bank and the Housing Finance Agency for the retrofitting of existing social houses. Respond! is also very grateful for the support we receive from the SEAI. We expect this combined financial investment will greatly enhance our properties and reduce overall heating costs to our tenants”. Continue reading
RESPOND! was announced the worthy winner of the prestigious ICSH Community Housing Awards 2015 for “ Most Creative Supply Response” for the completion of the NAMA owned ‘ghost estate’ at Oakley Wood, Tullow, Co Carlow.
Oakley Wood is a development of family houses located in Tullow, Co. Carlow. The estate at Oakley Wood was the first unfinished estate controlled by the National Management Agency NAMA to be acquired for social housing. This project was also the first exclusively social housing NAMA project in the country to be taken on under the new private finance model of funding. It represented a unique collaboration between NAMA, Carlow County Council, the Department of Environment Community and Local Government and RESPOND!. This development saw 55 unfinished houses completed for the benefit of families in need of housing in the Tullow area in 2014. The family estate is now supported by a community facility where RESPOND! work with residents developing programmes and supports for children, teenagers and adults. RESPOND! is delighted to have been in a position to provide long-term sustainable homes, through a new avenue (at the time) as an innovative solution to social housing shortages. Continue reading
The Board of Respond! Housing Association wishes to announce the retirement of Fr. Patrick Cogan, ofm, from his role as Chief Executive Officer.
In doing so the Board is especially pleased that Pat will be staying on as a non-executive director and will have a continuing advisory role to Respond! and a sister company, Respond (Support) Ltd. In particular, this advisory role will include finalising, and completion of planning, of a number of very important initiatives and projects presently in hand.*