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

New social housing development in Midleton, Cork – Respond


John O’Connor, Chairman of Respond Board of Directors; Mary Linehan Foley, Deputy Mayor of County Cork; Minister of State David Stanton TD, and Declan Dunne, Respond CEO, Pictured at the Turning of the sod at a new residential development by Respond which includes 42 new homes and a community building at Midleton.         Picture: Michael O’Sullivan /OSM PHOTO

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.

Overall Winner of Respond Christmas card competition 2018

Congratulations to the winner of the Respond national Christmas card art competition 2018 – Sophie Mooney, Co Waterford (age 12) for her fabulous drawing of ‘elf on the shelf’

Winning entries were chosen by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone TD

Photos include Minister Zappone with the winning entries from the three different categories, photo of the overall winner Sophie Mooney and picture of the winning entry now the Respond ecard.

Category winners are:

Age 16 category & overall winner Sophie Mooney, Co Waterford (age 12)

Age 10 category –  winner Hannah Harding, Co Clare

Aged 6 category – winner Ben Stott, Co Waterford

Minister Zappone tweeted:

Well done to all who took part .

Posted: December 2018

 

Cold Weather Warning Message – Dec ‘18

Below are some tips to help tenants during cold weather.

  • Ensure that you have adequate heating. If there is a problem with your heating contact us on 051- 840200 or 01-8087700
  • If there is a delay in repairing the problem seek an interim solution for example temporary heaters.
  • Wear extra layers of clothing at home.
  • Ensure that you have the proper facilities to cook hot meals and enough space to store food including a fridge/freezer or fridge and freezer.
  • Ensure you have adequate provisions for a couple of days and have regular hot drinks and meals.
  • Make sure you have running hot and cold water and that pipes are properly protected against frost.
  • If there are problems with the water do not leave tap open as this can cause flooding when water supply returns.
  • Check in with elderly/vulnerable neighbours living in private rented accommodation to ensure that they are ok.
  • Where there is ice/snow ensure that pathways etc. are clear.
  • Do not make any unnecessary journeys.

If you experience any difficulties while our offices are closed from Friday 21st Dec ’18 – 2nd January ‘19, please report the problems immediately on 051 – 840200 or 01-8087700 24 hours, 7 days a week, where you will be transferred to one of our team in the case of an emergency.

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

Julia Carmichael, Declan Dunne , Eileen Gleeson. Eoghan Murphy, Roisin Shortall and Finian McGrath at the Launch of the Respond Annual Report 2017.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD on the 31st October 2018 launched the 2017 Annual Report for Respond 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

Video taken at the launch can be viewed here

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”.

Parag Joglekar Respond  Head of Property, Declan Dunne Respond CEO and Minister Eoghan Murphy onsite at Martanna House, Dublin

The launch includes details of total of 414 homes and 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

Posted: November 2018

New social housing development in Fermoy, Cork – Respond

On Tuesday 30th October John O’Connor Respond Board of Directors Chairman, Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy and Minister of State David Stanton turned the sod on a new residential development by Respond which includes 46 homes for mixed tenure and older people and 1 communal building at Duntahane, Fermoy, Co Cork.


John O’Connor Board of Directors chairman speaking at the sod turning on a new residential development by Respond which includes 46 homes for mixed tenure and older people and 1 communal building at Duntahane, Fermoy, Co Cork.    Picture: Michael O’Sullivan

This project is in partnership with Cork County Council and the Housing Agency and funded by the Housing Finance Agency.

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 2020 currently stands at 286 homes.

Respond is an organisation offering real solutions by building new homes and actively helping the homeless with 322 new construction starts this year so far, 4 family hubs and a commitment of 2,500 homes over the next 5 years.

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 Eoghan Murphy T.D. I’m very aware of the high standards that Respond achieved in their housing developments around the country. I’m sure the residents and families who will get to live in this state of the art development will be very pleased with their new homes in Fermoy. The Government is working towards many more such housing projects across the country.”

Mayor Murphy stated:

“Cork County Council has built or acquired 1,293 housing units in the last 3 years including 373 in collaboration with Approved Housing Bodies such as Respond. I’d like to acknowledge the partnership between the Council, the Housing Finance Agency and Respond in coming together to supply the housing local people want, need and deserve”

Respond CEO Declan Dunne said:

“Respond has a long and proud history in Cork and is committed to the provision of housing in Cork city and county and as a national organisation Respond is committed and active in housing building throughout the country not just in Dublin”.

At a construction project value of €9.1million this development located south west of Fermoy town centre consists of 23 x 3 bed houses; 20 x 2 bed houses; and 3 x 4 bed houses. Funded by the Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency, the contractor for this development is K&J Townmore Construction Ltd.  Construction works have commenced on site and this project is due for completion in 15 months.

Posted: October 2018