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

New social housing development in Midleton, Cork – Respond

On Monday 10th December Deputy Mayor of Cork County Mary Linehan Foley & Minister of State David Stanton TD were on location at Market Green, Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co Cork to turn the sod on a new residential development by Respond which includes 42 new homes and a community building at Midleton, Co. Cork.

This project is in partnership with Cork County Council, the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government, the Housing Finance Agency and Cork Co-op Marts Limited.

This marks the continued work by Respond in Cork where Respond currently owns and manages 432 social housing homes. The Respond development programme for Cork city and county for 2018 to 2021 currently stands at 337 homes.

Respond continues to offer real solutions by building new homes and actively helping the homeless with 450 new construction starts this year so far, 5 family hubs and a commitment of 2,500 homes over the next 5 years.

Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley thanked all partners involved and in particular Respond who have worked in collaboration with Cork County Council on the development of this scheme and a number of similar schemes throughout the county. She added that “working with the Approved Housing Bodies is integral to Cork County Council’s housing delivery programme and these new homes are a very welcome development for the Midleton area”

Representing Government at this event, Minister of State David Stanton T.D. said:

“I am delighted to be here today on behalf of my colleague, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D., who is working with local authorities and voluntary associations, such as Respond, to deliver housing projects across the country. Respond housing developments are developed and run to the highest standards as is evident by their homes in Carraig Liath which opened in Midleton 10 years ago.  I am sure that the future residents of these additional 42 homes at Market Green will be very happy.”

Respond CEO Declan Dunne said:

“Cork is particularly important to Respond and its development programme as a national Housing Association which has built 5,639 homes around Ireland, we are committed to building additional homes not just in the major cities but throughout the country for those families and individuals who want need and deserve them”

At a project value of € 11.76 million this development of 42 units comprising of 17 x 2 bed terraced, 18 x 3 bed end of terrace, 6 x 3 bed semi-detached, 1 x 2 bed apartment, and 1 Community building. This development is located to the north-west of Midleton Town Centre, west of Market Green and to the north of existing residential development of Avoncore Cottages. The development is funded through CALF, PAA and private finance, and is due for completion in 2020.

Respond calls for communities to support the supply of 2,500 new social homes

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD on 31st October 2018 launched the 2017 Annual Report for the Respond housing association and unveiled details of current projects in construction around the country.

Respond Headlines

  •  8,717 tenants in lifetime homes, including 2,957 children
  •  3 new Family Hubs opened in Dublin accommodating 99 families over the period
  •  250 homes nearing completion this year
  • 414 new social homes currently in construction
  • 3,600 new social homes in development pipeline
  • 2,500 new social homes to be supplied over the next 5 years

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD said:

“Approved Housing Bodies, such as Respond, know the important contribution that they play in social housing delivery. We rely on the sector because we trust and have faith in them. Respond has risen to the challenge and it is clear, they have the ambition to continue to play a role in Rebuilding Ireland. Today’s event is a testament to Respond who are playing their part in addressing the current challenges we face; they are expanding and improving the housing services they provide and they are also significantly increasing the number of social housing homes that they are providing around the country.”

Declan Dunne, CEO of Respond said:

“Every day Respond Housing provides housing and homeless services to over 8,000 residents in lifetime homes and supported accommodation to 128 families in Dublin hubs.

Right now, we are on site in 8 different locations in Ireland building over 414 new social homes .This is only the beginning of our development plans, which truly took off this year, and we will deliver at least 2,500 new social homes over the next 5 years with investment of €500 million.

“Our core mission at this time is to help alleviate the housing and homelessness crisis Ireland currently faces by providing real on-the-ground solutions. 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.

“We will continue to build new homes and to build on our own stated ambitions. I would ask communities across Ireland to embrace new social housing or homeless services when they are announced for their area. It is up to each single one of us, each community and parish to play our part in building the homes and communities we want for all our children. Communities should know that they have nothing to fear and everything to gain when they welcome new residents to their area. We are all – Government, local authority, Approved Housing Body, residents´ committee – responsible for delivering our part of the response and we will only truly solve this crisis if we view it as one that affects all of us”.

About Respond

The launch includes details of total of 414 homes and 3D images of all our new developments on site including:

  • 81 homes in Castlegar, Galway
  • 54 homes in Golflinks Road, Kilkenny
  • 50 homes in Deansground, Kilkenny
  • 33 homes in Letterkenny, Co Donegal
  • 46 homes and 1 communal building in Fermoy, Co Cork
  • 50 homes in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan
  • 50 homes in Athy Co Kildare
  • 42 homes in Knockgriffin, Co Cork
  • Plus the 8 homes at Martanna House, Drumondra, Dublin 9

And other developments coming on stream such as:

  • 155 homes at tender stage Enniskerry Road, Dublin 18
  • 101 homes planning lodged for High Park, Dublin 9

Please find attached link to our AR17 here