Respond Housing welcomes measures in Budget 2020 but express concerns that there is no National affordable Rental Scheme

Respond said that the Government must ensure that measures to address urgent housing need and homelessness are Brexit proof.

08thOctober 2019: Respond Housing have welcomed the budget measures addressing housing and homelessness. The organisation said that the Government must ensure that measures to address urgent housing need and homelessness are Brexit proof, regardless of a deal or no deal Brexit scenario. Respond expressed concern that there was no announcement of a National Affordable Rental Scheme and the continued reliance on the Housing Assistance Payment to deliver social homes. While there is progress being made in term of the delivery of social homes, it is clear more needs to be done. The Respond Pre Budget Submission 2020 detailed priority areas for the Government in Budget 2020 including a National Affordable Rental Scheme, ensuring there is sufficient capital investment for social housing, and a concerted focus on preventing homelessness.

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond, commented on the capital budget for social housing and the Land Development Agency:

‘We welcome the additional €17.5 million being provided to the Land Development Agency and €186 million being allocated for the Serviced Site Fund and Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund in 2020 for new affordable homes. We look forward to more detail on these announcements, which we feel can play a significant roles in terms of delivering the social and affordable homes that are urgently needed and support the government to meet its targets for building social and affordable homes.’

‘We in Respond want to build and deliver as many homes as we possibly can to ensure we are meeting social housing need; we currently have more than 1,100 homes in construction and onsite all around the country. We welcome the €130 million in Urban Regeneration and Development funding that will be available next year to support the rejuvenation of Ireland’s five main cities and other large towns. We acknowledge the increase in Housing Assistance Payment but it is important to reduce the reliance on the private rental sector and focus instead on the building of social and affordable homes by Approved Housing Bodies like Respond and Local Authorities. It is essential that this capital budget for social housing is a ring-fenced budget, separate from the budget for the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) which goes to pay rents in the private rental market. We believe that people are entitled to, and deserve, a home for life. There must be a forward looking approach to delivering more social and affordable homes, moving away from reliance on the private market.’

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond, said that Respond are disappointed not to see a commitment to a National Affordable Rental Scheme.

‘A National Affordable Rental Scheme is urgently needed to address the housing needs of so called intermediate households; that is households that won’t qualify for a mortgage and are really struggling to rent in the private rental sector but are not eligible for social housing. This should be available both on State land and private land so that Approved Housing Bodies, such as Respond, can deliver affordable rental homes, alongside Local Authorities. This differs from the Cost Rental model which is based on the costs of delivering, managing and maintaining your home.

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond, said that homeless prevention must be a priority.

‘It is welcome that there in an increase in the homeless budget of 20 million. Prevention and early intervention are key to ending the crisis and stopping the flow of families and individuals into emergency accommodation. We must ensure people are supported to keep a roof over their heads and enabling them to maintain their tenancy, their home, is critical. We know that Housing First is the best way to address homelessness so Budget 2020 must ensure that we are working towards a Housing First model, implementing the National Housing First strategy.’

 

Respond Housing calls for Budget 2020 to invest in affordable rental housing for intermediate households

Respond Housing launched its Pre Budget Submission, calling on the Government to ensure that affordable rental housing for intermediate households is prioritised in Budget 2020. The organisation said the Budget provides a timely opportunity for the Government to assess what policies are working well and to introduce new options to ensure that the housing and homelessness crisis is addressed more effectively. Respond called on the Government to look at people focused solutions in order to have a better impact on communities, as well as the wider economy.

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond, said that Respond want to see the Government introduce a National Affordable Rental Scheme.

‘A National Affordable Rental Scheme is urgently needed to address the housing needs of so called intermediate households; that is households that won’t qualify for a mortgage and are really struggling to rent in the private rental sector but are not eligible for social housing. This should be available on State land but also on private land so that Approved Housing Bodies, such as Respond, can deliver affordable rental homes alongside Local Authorities. This differs from the Cost Rental model which is based on the costs of delivering, managing and maintaining your home.’

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond, said that there needs to be an increase in capital Budget to deliver social housing.

‘We in Respond want to build and deliver as many homes as we possibly can to ensure we are meeting social housing need. It is essential that this capital budget is a ring-fenced budget, separate from the budget for the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) which goes to pay rents in the private rental market. We believe that people are entitled to, and deserve, a home for life. There must be a forward looking approach to delivering more social and affordable homes, moving away from reliance on the private market.’

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond said that Budget 2020 must also prioritise homeless prevention.

Prevention and early intervention are key to ending the crisis and stopping the flow of families and individuals into emergency accommodation. People must be supported to keep a roof over their heads and enabling them to maintain their tenancy, their home, is critical. We know that Housing First is the best way to address homelessness so Budget 2020 must ensure that we are working towards a Housing First model, implementing the National Housing First strategy.’

For further information and interviews contact:

Helen McCormack

Tel: 087 104 7793

Email: helen.mccormack@respond.ie

 

Editor Notes:

A copy of Respond’s Pre Budget Submission is available here

Respond’s Ten Priority Actions for Budget 2020

 

1.       Reclassification of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs): The development of a time-lined action plan to explore all options to move AHBs ‘off-balance sheet’ to avoid negative long-term consequences.

 

2.       Increase Capital Investment: To increase the capital budget for social housing building specifically for Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) allocation and the associated Payment and Availability (P&A) allocation. This is to ensure the scheme keeps pace with the growing number of applications due to the increased capacity within sector.

 

3.       National Affordable Rental Scheme: Introduce a National Affordable Rental Scheme to be delivered by AHBs and Local Authorities to address the housing needs of intermediate households.

 

4.       Structured protocol between the Land Development Agency (LDA) and AHBs: The development of a structured protocol for engagement between the Land Development Agency (LDA) and AHBs would enable both parties to work closely together, ensuring a continuous pipeline of building land for social and affordable housing.

 

5.       Restore Part V: Restore Part V to at least its original 20%. This was reduced to 10% in 2015. Part V housing units in developments are an effective way of ensuring some of the gains from an accelerating housing market go towards those at the lower end of the income distribution.

6.       Offset regional imbalance in relation to the CALF and P&A model: In areas where there is an established need and demand for housing and the market rents are insufficient to sustain the cost of new construction/acquisition, there should be exploration of measures to offset the regional imbalance in relation to CALF and the P&A model. These measures could include the provision of a higher level of CALF (above maximum of 30%), longer loan duration, lower interest rates, regeneration funding and/or strategic infrastructure funding linked to the wider development framework in these regions to assist in delivery of much needed housing solutions that are financially sustainable.

 

7.       Tax reforms including:

–          Reforming the Vacant Site Levy.

–          Waiving developer contributions for social housing developments.

–          Reducing VAT on materials and services for renovating/reusing existing housing stock for social housing use from 23% to the lower rate of 13.5%.

 

8.       Homeless prevention: Continued and increased funding for primary and secondary homeless prevention services such as the Interim Tenancy Sustainment Protocol (ITSP) which should be rolled out nationally.

9.       Quality of Family Hubs: Resource improvement in the quality of Family Hubs. Measures needed include quality standards, inspections and further investment in trained and qualified support staff.

 

10.   Housing First: Ring-fenced resources for the rapid implementation of the National Implementation Strategy for Housing First.

 

 

About Respond

Our vision is that every family and individual in Ireland will have high‐quality housing as part of a vibrant and caring community. Respond, a not‐for‐profit housing association, has been working all around Ireland for over 36 years. We firmly believe that housing and decent accommodation in the areas where people want to live are central to improving people’s lives and enhancing the health and well‐being of society. We are proactively responding to the housing and homelessness crisis providing real on‐the‐ground solutions and we are working hard to identify ways to support people to move out of homelessness into secure homes quickly. We own and manage 4,526 homes across the 26 counties in Ireland where approximately 9,000 tenants live. Respond currently have 1,086 homes in construction and onsite.

We provide emergency accommodation with support for families who are homeless in six Family Hubs where our goal is to support families to move into secure homes as quickly as possible leaving homelessness behind. We provide wraparound support in relation to access to housing, mental and physical health services, family or parenting support and a range of other issues. We also continue to work with families once they have moved on to ensure the sustainability of these exits. In addition to housing and related work we also provide Day Care Services for Older People, Early Education, Childcare, Family Support and Resettlement Services.

 

 

 

 

 

Launch of Ireland’s first Cost Rental housing scheme

 At €1,200 per month for two bedroom apartments, starting rents will be significantly below current local open market rents. The rent will be based on the cost of building, managing and maintaining the homes

10th September 2019: Mr Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, and An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Shay Brennan,  will turn the sod on the first ever Cost Rental development in the State at Enniskerry Road, Stepaside, Dublin today.

Cost Rental is housing where the rents charged cover the cost of delivering, managing and maintaining the homes. As the rent paid by the tenant in a Cost Rental tenancy is designed to only cover the actual costs, rents will not be driven by market movements. The groundbreaking project will deliver 105 social homes and 50 two-bedroom Cost Rental homes.

Respond and Tuath Housing Associations will be delivering the scheme in partnership with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on land provided by the Housing Agency under the Land Aggregation Scheme. This first Cost Rental pilot project under Rebuilding Ireland is the result of an innovative collaboration between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Housing Agency, the Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Respond and Tuath Housing Associations.

The overall development value of the 155 homes and the community facility is in the order of €55,000,000 including, construction works, design fees, development levies and VAT. The construction work was tendered on a competitive basis in accordance with EU procurement requirements.

Tenants will pay €1,200 per month to live in the 2-bedroom Cost Rental homes delivered as part of this project. The rent of €1,200 per month, which is based on the cost of delivering and maintaining the homes, is a significant reduction when compared to market rents for 2-bedroom apartments in this location. Funding is being provided through the Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The new homes will be delivered in 2021.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D. commenting on this development said:

I am very pleased to formally mark the commencement of construction on this important site. Not only will the project deliver the first 50 Cost Rental apartments in this new category of housing in Ireland, it will also provide 105 social housing homes as part of our ongoing efforts to meet ambitious targets in this sector. Cost Rental will provide affordable homes to middle and lower income earners at a cost to residents that is significantly below market rates.  Work is underway within my Department and with a range of State agencies to complete a national policy framework for Cost Rental that will detail the optimum means of delivering units at scale, and set out the structures for its operation. This is both the first Cost Rental project to commence construction on a national basis. It is also the first project to receive funding under my Department’s innovative Serviced Sites Fund, which has made available € 310 million in grant funding for infrastructure works to support the provision of affordable housing. The lessons that will be learned through this pilot project will be important in helping to shape this model into the future. I would like to commend the work of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Housing Agency, Respond and Tuath, in getting the project to this stage, and am delighted to see such progress on the site to date.”

An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Shay Brennan speaking about the project said:

This project on Enniskerry Road delivers 155 much needed social and affordable homes with integrated community facilities. It is a landmark in both collaborative development and the first pilot nationally of a new Cost Rental model. The development was designed in house by the Councils Architect Department and will be constructed and managed by Respond and Tuath Housing Associations with the assistance of the Housing Agency and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. This Council is committed to directly delivering and also facilitating the delivery of innovative, high quality and award winning housing solutions for people in our community; like the recently completed Georges Place in Dún Laoghaire, Fitzgerald Park in Mountown and Rosemount in Dundrum. I have every confidence that this new project at Enniskerry Road will be a further high quality addition to housing stock in our area and I am delighted to be at the launch of the project.”

John O’Connor, CEO of the Housing Agency speaking about the role of the Housing Agency in the project said:

“The Housing Agency have put a lot of work into progressing this development and providing the land. The Agency as particularly supportive of having Cost Rental combined with the provision of social housing. We expect that this will be the first of many such Cost Rental developments in the future.”

Barry O’Leary, CEO of the Housing Finance Agency speaking about the project finance said:

“The HFA is very pleased to support this development on the Enniskerry Road, which will provide 155 new social and affordable homes in Dublin. The project is a new venture for the sector with two of the most active Approved Housing Bodies, Respond and Tuath, combining to deliver the first affordable scheme of this type in the country. The availability of low cost, long term fixed rate finance from the HFA was a vital component in making the project viable and the HFA will continue to support the strong growth in activity by approved housing bodies across the country as we work together to achieve the objectives set out in Rebuilding Ireland. “

John O’Connor, Chairperson of Respond Housing Association, said:

“We are very excited about this project and the Cost Rental homes it will deliver. This is only possible due to significant collaboration with all of our partners working hard together. This is a priority area of work for Respond as it is clear that some form of intermediate housing is needed for those who don’t qualify for social housing, won’t be able to afford a mortgages and yet cannot afford market rents. During this housing and homelessness crisis, it has become extremely difficult for an individual or family to rent an affordable, secure home. There are large numbers of people in Ireland who cannot afford the rents which are being charged in the locations where they work, attend college or near where their social networks are based. Cost Rental models are already the norm in other European countries. The Enniskerry Road Project is part of a process bringing Ireland more in line with European housing policy especially in relation to the Private Rental Sector. Across Europe neighbours from all walks of life live in housing association developments side by side.”

Daragh O’Sullivan, Vice Chairperson of Tuath Housing commented;

“Tuath are delighted to have started construction on Ireland’s first Cost Rental development in partnership with Respond, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, The Housing Agency, The Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government. The rent paid by tenants will cover the cost of providing the homes, not a cent more. We are thrilled to be involved in a project which offers moderate income households the choice of a more affordable, long-term and stable form of rental tenure than exists presently, with the added benefit that their rent will not be driven by price changes in the private rental market.”

For further information and interviews contact:

Helen McCormack

Tel: 087 104 7793

Email: helen.mccormack@respond.ie

About the event:

Date: Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Time: 11am sharp

Venue: Enniskerry Road, Stepaside, Dublin 18. See exact location https://www.google.com/maps/place/53.2611461930886+-6.226662665540062/@53.2611461930886,-6.226662665540062,17z

Editors Notes:

The Enniskerry Road Project was designed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the construction of 155 social and affordable homes, a community facility along with green spaces at Enniskerry Road, Stepaside, Dublin 18. The site is located near to a wide range of amenities, public facilities, schools, health services, local community and sports groups. Enniskerry Road provides access to the LUAS Green Line, the 47 bus route, and the M50 motorway. The project is the result of a collaboration between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Housing Agency, Respond and Tuath Housing Associations, and the Housing Finance Agency. Financial support is also being provided through the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The project includes 50 Cost Rental homes and 105 social homes to be apportioned between Respond (78 homes including 25 Cost Rental) and Tuath (77 homes including 25 Cost Rental). The homes will be a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties. All of the 50 Cost Rental homes will be 2-bedroom apartments.

 

 

Respond building 69 New Homes in Waterford

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe visits the new residential development in Kilbarry, Co. Waterford.

05th September 2019 Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe will be on location in Kilbarry to visit a new residential development by Respond which includes 69 new homes including 9 one-bed apartments, 6 two-bed apartments, 26 two-bed houses and 28 three-bed houses. This project is in partnership with Waterford City and County Council, the Department of Housing and the Housing Finance Agency. This is part of Respond’s National Delivery Programme with 1,086 homes currently under construction and on site

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications speaking about this development said:

“Waterford is very important to Respond and our development programme as a national Housing Association. It is where we began our work in 1982 and where we had our first housing scheme. Respond has completed 595 dwellings to date in the Waterford City and County area.

This new development in Kilbarry represents 69 new homes for 69 families and individuals who can create a community here and we hope they will be very happy. The development is due to be completed by mid Quarter 2 – 2020 and would not have happened without the ongoing co-operation and collaboration of our partners. We would like to thank the Waterford City and County Council,  Department of Housing, the Housing Agency and the Housing Finance Agency.”

“We are building homes throughout the country for families and individuals who are in housing need, with 1,086 new homes under construction and on site nationally right now. A secure place to call home is critical to the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals and families. We see first-hand the devastating impact of homelessness and insecure housing in our work with families and children. Our long term aim is to provide lifetime social and affordable homes to a far greater proportion of the population, bringing Ireland more into line with our European counterparts. We have also committed to supporting households and individuals experiencing homelessness on their journey back to independent living and providing safe and secure housing in the short-term in the form of supported temporary emergency accommodation. ”

This development includes a unit mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes to help address social housing need in this area. According to the latest available figures in the Social Housing Needs Assessment (2018) there are almost 1,117 households on the social housing waiting list in Waterford. The Development is 4km from Waterford City Centre. It is accessible via the Outer Ring Road (R710) which connects it to the N25 heading to Cork/Rosslare and linking onto the N9/M9 heading to Dublin.

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications continued speaking about the work of Respond:

“Respond believes that every person has the right to a secure, affordable home that meets their needs throughout their lifetime. Our vision is that every family and individual in Ireland will have high-quality housing as part of a vibrant and caring community. This is challenging with the current housing and homeless crisis and we are concerned that the numbers of men, women and children in emergency accommodation continues to grow. At the heart of this is ensuring the supply of social and affordable housing at scale to meet the levels of housing need. We are very clear that all families and individuals want, need and deserve a secure home of their own and that all our efforts must be redoubled to achieve this.”

Respond, who have been working across Ireland for 36 years, continues to offer real on-the-ground solutions by building new homes and actively working with families who are homeless with 1,086 homes under construction and on site this year so far, 6 family hubs and a commitment to deliver 2,500 homes by 2023.

For further information and interviews contact:

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications 085 8588384

 

Editors Notes

Ministerial Visit to Kilbarry, Co.Waterford

Date: Thursday, 05th of September 2019

Time: 11.45am

 

About Respond

Our vision is that every family and individual in Ireland will have high‐quality housing as part of a vibrant and caring community. Respond, a not‐for‐profit housing association, has been working all around Ireland for over 36 years. We firmly believe that housing and decent accommodation in the areas where people want to live are central to improving people’s lives and enhancing the health and well‐being of society. We are proactively responding to the housing and homelessness crisis providing real on‐the‐ground solutions and we are working hard to identify ways to support people to move out of homelessness into secure homes quickly. We own and manage 4,526 homes across the 26 counties in Ireland where approximately 9,000 tenants live. We provide emergency accommodation with support for families who are homeless in six Family Hubs where our goal is to support families to move into secure homes as quickly as possible leaving homelessness behind. We provide wraparound support in relation to access to housing, mental and physical health services, family or parenting support and a range of other issues. We also continue to work with families once they have moved on to ensure the sustainability of these exits. In addition to housing and related work we also provide Day Care Services for Older People, Early Education, Childcare, Family Support and Resettlement Services.

 

 

New Tenant Handbook

We have updated our Tenant Handbook, you can find it here. This handbook provides you with some information about being a Respond tenant and how we will support you in your tenancy. It also clarifies the responsibilities of Respond as your landlord, and you as our tenant.

We would really welcome feedback on our Handbook. Let us know what you think. Is the information useful? Is it easy to understand? Would you like more or less information? What is missing?

Email us at info@respond.ie to tell us more

Respond builds 50 New Homes in Kilkenny

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D. visits the new residential development at Nuncio Park, Kilkenny.

Today 1st August 2019 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD will be on location at Nuncio Park in Kilkenny City to visit a new residential development by Respond which includes 50 new homes including 4 one bed apartments, 18 two bed apartments, 8 two bed houses, 17 three bed houses and 3 four bed houses. This project is in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency. This is part of Respond’s National Delivery Programme with 1,021 homes currently under construction and on site.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D. commenting on this development said:

‘’I’m delighted to visit this Respond development in Nuncio Park, Kilkenny and to see the progress being made to building these houses for families and individuals who need them. We are working very closely with local authorities and voluntary housing associations like Respond, to deliver housing projects across the country. This development represents 50 new homes for 50 families and individuals who can create a community here and I hope they will be very happy. Our plan to dramatically increase supply is working but still there is a lot more work to do for those who are depending on us, not least those in emergency accommodation. I will continue to drive the delivery of new houses and housing solutions, working with the local authorities and housing bodies.”

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications speaking about this development said:

“Kilkenny is important to Respond and our development programme as a national Housing Association. We are looking forward to welcoming families and individuals into their new homes here in Nuncio Park with phase one due to be completed in Quarter 4 2019, phase two in Quarter 1 2020 and phase three in Quarter 3 2020*. This project is the result of ongoing co-operation and collaboration; we would like to thank all of our partners which include Kilkenny County Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency. We reiterate our firm commitment to building homes throughout the country for families and individuals who are in housing need, with 1,021 new homes under construction and on site nationally right now.

“A secure place to call home is critical to the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals and families. We see first-hand the devastating impact of homelessness and insecure housing in our work with families and children. Our long term aim is to provide lifetime social and affordable homes to a far greater proportion of the population, bringing Ireland more into line with our European counterparts. We have also committed to supporting households and individuals experiencing homelessness on their journey back to independent living and providing safe and secure housing in the short-term in the form of supported temporary emergency accommodation”.

This development includes a unit mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes to help address social housing need in this area. According to the latest available figures in the Social Housing Needs Assessment (2018) there are almost 1,000 households on the social housing waiting list in Kilkenny. The Development is 1km from the centre of Kilkenny City. It is accessible via Waterford Road and Bennettsbridge Road which connects it to the N10, N76 and the M9 going to Dublin and Waterford City.

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications continued speaking about the work of Respond:

“Respond believes that every person has the right to a secure, affordable home that meets their needs throughout their lifetime. Our vision is that every family and individual in Ireland will have high-quality housing as part of a vibrant and caring community. This is challenging with the current housing and homeless crisis and we are concerned that the numbers of men, women and children in emergency accommodation continues to grow. At the heart of this is ensuring the supply of social and affordable housing at scale to meet the levels of housing need. We are very clear that all families and individuals want, need and deserve a secure home of their own and that all efforts must be redoubled to achieve this”.

Respond, who have been working across Ireland for 36 years, continues to offer real on-the-ground solutions by building new homes and actively working with families who are homeless with 1,021 homes under construction and on site this year so far, 6 family hubs and a commitment to deliver 2,500 homes by 2023.

For further information and interviews contact:

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications 085 8588384

Editors Notes

Ministerial Visit to Nuncio Park, Kilkenny

Date: Thursday, 1st of August 2019

Time: 1pm

*Anticipated completion dates for the Nuncio Park Development

  • Phase 1: 15 houses due for completion Quarter 4 2019.
  • Phase 2: 13 houses due for completion Quarter 1 2020.
  • Phase 3: 22 apartments for completion Quarter 2 2020.

 

 

 

Respond: Invitation to Submit a Research Tender

Respond wishes to contract a researcher or team of researchers to conduct an evaluation of its national Family Hub / Supported Temporary Accommodation services. This is an open invitation to tender, seeking tenders from suitably qualified and experienced researchers or teams of researchers.

Please find Tender Document: Respond – Invitation to tender 29.07.2019

Submission of tenders

Tenders should be submitted by email attachment as a single PDF or Microsoft Word document (with researcher CVs as appendices) to research@respond.ie
Receipt of tenders will be acknowledged.
The closing date for receipt of completed tenders is the 30.08.2019. Incomplete tenders, tenders that do not follow the format prescribed above, or tenders received after the closing date will not be considered.

Region:
Nationwide

Expiry date:
30/08/19

Date Entered/Updated:
29/07/19

Respond welcome An Bord Pleanála decision in relation to 101 residential units

Respond welcome the An Bord Pleanála decision of 12.07.2019 in relation to 101 residential units and associated site works at High Park, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 as a Strategic Housing Development under Section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016. We have now entered the eight week period which allows for Judicial Review of the decision to grant on procedural grounds.

In the event there is no Judicial Review is lodged we anticipate it will be approximately 12 months before construction works begin onsite. While the duration of works has yet to be confirmed we anticipate it will be between 2 and 2.5 years.

We are very grateful to all who have worked with us and supported us with this plan to deliver much needed high quality social homes.

Respond builds 54 New Homes in Kilkenny

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D. and Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan T.D. visit the new residential development

Today: 15th of February 2019 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD and Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan will be on location at Golf Links Road, Kilkenny to visit a new residential development by Respond which includes 54 new homes; 33 three bed houses, 6 four bed houses and 15 two bed apartments. This project is in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency.

This marks the continued work by Respond in Kilkenny where Respond currently owns and manages 133 social housing homes. The Respond development programme for Kilkenny up to 2020 currently stands at 144 additional homes.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D. commenting on this development said:

‘’I’m delighted to visit this development to and to see the progress being made to building these houses for families who need them. We are working very closely with local authorities and voluntary housing associations like Respond, to deliver housing projects across the country. This development represents 54 new homes for 54 families who can create a community here and I hope they will be very happy. Our plan to dramatically increase supply is working with over 18,000 new homes built last year and 1 in 4 of those was a social home. A real improvement was made for thousands of families last year. But still there is a lot more work to do for those who are depending on us, not least those in emergency accommodation. I will continue to drive the delivery of new houses and housing solutions, working with the local authorities and housing bodies.”

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications said speaking about this development said:

“Kilkenny is important to Respond and our development programme as a national Housing Association which has built over 5,000 homes around Ireland. We reiterate our commitment to building homes throughout the country for families and individuals who are in housing need, with 679 new homes under construction nationally right now. We are looking forward to welcoming families into their new homes here on Golf Links Road over the next few months. This project is the result of ongoing co-operation and collaboration; we could like to thank all of our partners here which includes Kilkenny County Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency”.

“We know how important a secure home is to the quality of life of individuals and families and we see first-hand the devastating impact of homelessness in our work with families who are homeless. We are proactively responding to the housing and homelessness crisis by providing real on-the-ground solutions and we are working hard to identify ways to support people out of homelessness and into more permanent, secure housing. Our long term aim is to provide lifetime social and affordable homes to a far greater proportion of the population, bringing Ireland more into line with our European neighbours where people from all walks of life live in housing association developments side by side”.

At a project value of €11.96 million this development includes a unit mix of 54 homes with 33 three bed houses, 6 four bed houses and 15 two bed apartments to help address social housing need in this area. According to the latest available figures in the Social Housing Needs Assessment (2018) there are almost 1000 households on the social housing waiting list in Kilkenny.

The Development is located close to the heart of Kilkenny City, within walking distance of the major shopping centre, McDonagh Junction. The site is also situated within 1400m of the Kilkenny Outer Ring Road (N10) which has direct links onto the M9 Motorway. The development is funded through CALF, CAS and the Housing Finance Agency.

Respond continues to offer real on-the-ground solutions by building new homes and actively working with families who are homeless with 679 new construction starts this year so far, 5 family hubs and a commitment of 2,500 homes over the next 5 years.

For further information and interviews contact:

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications 085 8588384

Editors Notes

Ministerial Visit to Golf Links

Date: Friday, 15th of February 2019

Time: 5pm

 

 

Respond Housing Welcome Minister Murphy’s official opening of new Social Housing Schemes in Donegal

Respond not-for- profit Housing Association provided an update on work they are doing to deliver social housing in the Donegal region as Minister Eoghan Murphy opens new social housing schemes in the area today 11.01.2019.

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Respond commenting on developments in Donegal said:

“It is welcome to hear the announcement of new Social Housing Schemes in the Donegal area by Minister Eoghan Murphy today. We in Respond Housing are also playing our part with plans for 121 units in Donegal working in collaboration with Donegal County Council and the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government, 33 of which are already under construction at Ballaghderg. In addition, we already own 92 homes in the area.”

“Every day Respond Housing provides housing and homeless services to over 8,000 residents in lifetime homes and supported accommodation to over 100 families experiencing homelessness in hubs. We are on site in 11 different locations in Ireland building over 479 new social homes. This is only the beginning of our development plans, which truly took off last year, and we will deliver at least 2,500 new social homes over the next 5 years with investment in excess of €500 million.”

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Respond commenting on development on the work of Respond Housing said:

“We are proactively responding to the housing and homelessness crisis Ireland currently faces by providing real on-the-ground solutions. We know how important a secure home is to the quality of life of individuals and families and we see first-hand the devastating impact of homelessness in our holistic work with families who are homeless. We are working proactively to identify ways to support people out of homelessness and into more permanent and secure housing. Our long term aim is to provide lifetime social and affordable homes to a far greater proportion of the population, bringing Ireland more into line with our European neighbours where people from all walks of life live in housing association developments side by side”.

For further comment contact:

Niamh Randall, Head of Advocacy and Communications

PH: 085 8588384