Boil Water Notice

04th November 2019

A boil water notice has returned for parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath. A map is provided of all affected areas here

We are urging any of our tenants in impacted areas to follow the guidelines issued by Irish Water.

You should use cooled boiled water for:

  • Drinking
  • Drinks made with water
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods which are not cooked before eating
  • Brushing of teeth or gargling
  • Making ice – discard existing ice cubes and make ice from cooled boiled water.
  • Filtered water – pour out any filtered water in fridges and use cool boiled water

What you do not need boiled water for:

  • Personal hygiene, such as showering and bathing.
  • Toilet flushing

Respond Christmas Card Competition 2019

Respond would like to invite children (under 16) of residents, tenants, staff and service users to participate in this years Respond Christmas card competition 2019

Please find details on the poster below

Closing date Friday 8th November 2019

Please ensure all entries include name, age, address and contact number on the back of their entry, so the winning entrants can be contacted directly.

There will be €100.00 Smyths voucher for each of the three categories

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone TD has judged the winning entry for the last two years and we are hoping she will be in position to judge again this year ( fingers crossed)

Posted:  October 2019

Weather Warning

A message for our tenants to please be mindful of the current bad weather warnings and stay safe.

More details are on Met Eireann’s weather alert, weather warning and severe weather warning on www.met.ie which also has the latest national and regional forecasts.

You will find further information in the Tenant Handbook here

 

 

Launch of Ireland’s first Cost Rental housing scheme

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

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

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.”

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.

VIDEO CAN  BE VIEWED HERE

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.

Posted: September 2019

Respond building 69 New Homes in Waterford

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

Respond Board of Directors Vice Chair Brendan Cummins welcomes Minister Pascal Donohoe onsite

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe was on location in Kilbarry on the 5th September 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.

Posted: September 2019

Respond builds 50 New Homes in Kilkenny

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D. visited the new residential development at Nuncio Park, Kilkenny on 1st August 2019.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD was onsite 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.

 

 

*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.

 

Posted: August 2019

Ardrew Meadows, Athy is the Kildare County Council winner of Pride of Place Awards.

Ardrew Meadows after winning the Kildare County Competition has now been nominated by Kildare County Council to represent Kildare in the IPB All Ireland Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-Operation Ireland.   The purpose of the competition is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland.

Ardrew Meadows is situated on the outskirts of Athy and there are eighty seven homes (houses and apartments) on the estate.   After weeks of cleaning, planting, weeding and painting the Residents Association welcomed the National Judges to the estate on 15th July 2019.

The Judges were welcomed in the Community Building and took part in a very interactive presentation from members of the Residents Association. The presentation covered issues such as:

  • Athy as a town in Kildare
  • Composition of the Estate
  • Activities on the estate
  • Social Inclusion and Empowerment
  • Collective Action and Participation
  • Partnership with other Agencies
  • New Memorial Garden and rationale behind it
  • Bio-Diversity
  • Equality and Anti-Discrimination

Members of the Residents Association, tried to show how many of the above issues grew for them over the years as they came across challenges in their normal day-to-day living. They showed how many of the values that they now champion only became clear to them as a Group encountering situations that arose over the past 10 years.  The new Memorial garden being one such case in point.  They also mentioned that they had chosen to celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary on the judging day.

The Judges had a guided tour of the estate which looked magnificent with all the National Flags of the different Nationalities living on the estate.   The Judges had lunch with the Community and asked many questions of the residents.

Celebrations carried on all evening on the estate (Drumming Workshop, DJ, Inter-Cultural Food Feast and Face Painting) – some celebrations even carried on into the early hours.

This was a great effort from all the Residents living in Ardrew Meadows and they are very grateful to Kildare County Council for nominating them to represent the County. They would also like to express their thanks to both Kildare County Council and Respond Housing for the support they have given them over the 10 years and in particular, the help they gave them in preparing for the Judging Day.

Posted:  July 2019

Respond builds 54 New Homes in Kilkenny


Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D.; Declan Dunne, CEO Respond and Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan T.D. location at Golf Links Road, Kilkenny to visit a new residential development by Respond which includes 54 new homes. Respond’s National Development Programme with a commitment of delivering 2,500 new homes by 2023. Picture: Alison Miles / OSM PHOTO

On 15th of February 2019 the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD and Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan were  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.”

Head of Advocacy & Communications Niamh Randall being interviewed by KCLR onsite at Kilkenny

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.

Posted: February 2019

Imelda Hogan from Ennis – winner

Congratulations to Imelda Hogan, Bridge View who is the delighted winner of the voucher she received for entering the recent Respond draw.

Photo includes Imelda Hogan being presented with her voucher for €250 by Maureen Rynne. Imelda is joined by her husband, Noel and daughters, Caitlin and Chloe.

As part of the changes that are taking place across Respond, we will be linking with our tenants to ask how we can improve our services and better understand the ever-changing needs that tenants may have. The information Respond gather from any research will be used to help Respond continuously improve the services we provide.

It is important to Respond that we incorporate any tenant’s feedback and suggestions into our policies and procedures and to do this we  asked all tenants for their permission to contact them to seek their views.

All signed consent forms received by the 18th January 2019 were entered into a draw for a €250 One For All Voucher and Imelda was the lucky winner.

Thank you to all those who have returned their signed acceptance form to take part.

Congratulations to a very deserving winner 🎈

Posted: February 2019

 

 

Mortgage to Rent (MTR) Information

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in partnership with the Housing Agency with input from MABS, the Abhaile Service and ISI has developed a website https://mortgagetorent.ie that serves as a national portal for Mortgage to Rent (MTR) and provide clear, concise and understandable information in order to increase awareness and understanding of the scheme.

What is Mortgage to Rent?

The Mortgage to Rent (MTR) scheme is a government scheme to help homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes due to mortgage arrears. It lets homeowners in mortgage difficulty switch from owning their home to renting their home as social housing tenants. The scheme is overseen by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and is administered by the Housing Agency.
The MTR scheme is a social housing option only available if you are eligible for social housing support and your mortgage is unsustainable.Under the scheme, you voluntarily surrender ownership of your home to your mortgage lender. This means that you give up ownership of the property. Under the MTR scheme an Approved Housing Body or private company can buy your home after you voluntarily surrender it to your lender. Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) are independent, not-for-profit organisations, also known as housing associations or voluntary housing associations. They provide affordable rented housing for people who cannot afford to pay private sector rents or buy their own homes. Private companies are approved by the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government for the delivery of the MTR scheme and have been set up for this specific purpose and are registered with the Companies Registration Office.

You no longer own your home or have any financial interest in it, but you can continue to live there as a tenant of the local authority or approved housing body. You pay an affordable rent, which is based on your income. So, if your income increases the rent increases, but if your income falls the rent decreases. This means that your rent is always affordable.

Under the scheme, you become a social housing tenant with a right to have your housing needs met by the local authority indefinitely. This means that if your needs change, the local authority will provide alternative accommodation that meets your changed needs. Any change to your housing circumstance will be made in consultation with you. If your financial situation improves, you have an option to buy your home back. Please click on the link here for more detailed information.

Posted: February 2019