Association secures first Kingdom homes
Túath are delighted to announce the acquisition of seven new properties in Glanerought, Kenmare via NAMA’s NARPS initiative, the Associations first units in Kerry. Túath worked in partnerships with NAMA, Kerry County Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to acquire these seven family homes.
All dwellings were finished to a turnkey standard and have been acquired by Túath on a lease agreement for twenty years and nine months, with an option to buy included. These homes will be allocated to general needs applicants from the council’s waiting list in the coming weeks.
Túath are delighted to have worked in collaboration with the local authority on its first in Kerry project and aims to provide more high quality accommodation in areas of housing need within Kerry.
New Homes in the Marble City
Túath are pleased to announce the acquisition of 35new homes in Kilkenny City. The Association worked in partnership with NAMA, Kilkenny County Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to acquire the properties via the NARPS initiative.
This acquisition was completed in two phases. The first fifteen homes were a mix of 3 and 4 bed houses and provide much needed accommodation for families in Kilkenny. Residents moved into the first homes, which are fully furnished to a turnkey standard on the 14th August 2015. The second phase, comprising a further twenty homes with apartments and duplexes was completed and allocated to residents on the 12th September 2015.
Co Wicklow Schemes Duo Delivered
Túath is pleased to announce the delivery of forty new homes in two developments in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. Túath worked in partnership with Wicklow County Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to provide these high quality homes.
Thirty two apartments within the high quality Glenbrook Development were purchased for €7.2m using CAS funding from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The purchase represents the largest approval from the 2015 CAS allocation both in terms of number of units delivered and level of funding provided. It also settles the Council’s Part V agreement for this prestige development.
Eight apartments located within the Rossmore Development are being leased by Túath for ten years. The properties are fully furnished to a turnkey standard and have been allocated to tenants from Wicklow County Council’s waiting list.
Minister Alan Kelly visits tenants at Cloon Lara, Mullingar
Mr Alan Kelly, TD, Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government visited Cloon Lara in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath to see how families were settling into their new social homes. The homes at Cloon Lara were secured as part of a partnership project which resulted in the long term leasing of 12 new, fully furnished, 3 bedroom dwellings, through NAMA’s Special Purpose Vehicle, NARPS (National Asset Residential Property Services Ltd). The homes are exclusively occupied by families off Westmeath County Council’s waiting list.
Speaking on behalf of Westmeath County Council, Cathaoirleach of the Council, Councillor Paul Daly stated “These homes were lying vacant and unfinished until the collaboration between Westmeath County Council, Túath Housing, the DECLG, Housing Agency and NAMA resulted in Túath leasing 12 new homes within this high quality development. The properties are leased by Túath for a period of 20 years and 9 months with an option to purchase in the latter stages of the lease. This development is a valuable contribution to meeting the needs of these housing applicants in Mullingar and I hope to see more similar collaborations between the Council and the affordable housing sector.”
New social housing in Tallaght, South Dublin
Túath Housing Association in collaboration with South Dublin County Council, NAMA and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive have delivered sixty five much needed new homes at Tallaght Cross. The apartments are part of a 20 plus year lease with an option to buy for the association. The homes have been let to high priority persons and families on the Council’s waiting list. The first tranche of residents moved in on the 30th June with the remaining families receiving keys on the 7th July 2015.
The high specification new apartments are located at Tallaght Square and come fully furnished in turnkey condition. The new homes are 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments and will predominately cater for small family households. Túath heartily welcomes the addition of these high quality properties for persons and families in housing need and thanks South Dublin County Council, NAMA and the DRHE for their roles in securing the new homes.
Apartments acquired and adapted for disabled persons in Portlaoise
Social housing portfolio in Munster passes 500 mark with Cork City initiative
Túath Housing is delighted to have procured 23 homes in partnership with Cork City Council at two schemes, Hollyhill Heights and Ard na Rí. The Association will manage the social housing units under a long-term Service Level Agreement. Finishing repairs and upgrading works were carried out the homes to ensure compliance with current standards and building regulations. The homes are being exclusively allocated and let to priority applicants from Cork City Councils social housing waiting list.
Cork County Council & Túath Housing’s Partnership Results in New Homes
Mr Paudie Coffey, TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government carried out a tree planting ceremony on the 17th February to mark the official opening of Woodfield House, 12 new family homes in Blarney, Co. Cork.
Woodfield House is a partnership project between NAMA, Cork County Council and Túath Housing Association which has resulted in the long term leasing of 12 new homes in Blarney, under the Special Purpose Vehicle NARPS (National Asset Residential Property Services Ltd).
Túath give thanks to Cork County Council, NAMA and the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government for their efforts in facilitating this leasing initiative and supporting Túath to deliver these homes and to see 12 families off the housing waiting list and in their new home.
Speaking at the opening the Minister said: “The Government, through the Social Housing Strategy, is committed to dealing comprehensively with the housing list. The strategy therefore marks a fresh start for social housing in Ireland. The next challenge will be implementation and to ensure that the delivery challenge is met. That will require significant effort by all delivery agents. I know you are up for the task and I urge you to do everything you can to meet the challenge. In the recent past, in an era of constraint, we have all had to reappraise how we are delivering quality housing. I know that Túath has responded to these new circumstances in an admirably positive way.”
(Photo courtesy of the Evening Echo)
NEW HOMES IN HAMPTON WOOD, FINGLAS
Tuath Housing recently acquired 19 units in Hampton Wood, Finglas, Dublin 11 via Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding through the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The units were purchased from Dwyer Nolan Developments and will be allocated to priority tenants from Dublin City Councils waiting list early in 2015.
The acquisition strengthens our presence within the development as we currently own 3 units and are working in partnership with the council to manage a further 21.
NEW HOMES IN MULLINGAR
Túath are delighted to announce the delivery of 12 new homes in Cloon Lara, Mullingar just in time for Christmas.
Túath worked in partnership with NAMA, Westmeath County Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to lease these properties on a long term basis via the NARPS initiative and the units are fully occupied by tenants from the Council’s waiting list.
The delivery of these units represents Túath’s support of the NARPS initiative as a means of increasing the supply of social housing and indicates a willingness to deliver additional NARPS schemes across the country in the near future.
CASTLEMANOR RETIREMENT VILLAGE OFFICIAL OPENING
Túath housing recently celebrated the official opening of one of our schemes in Castlemanor Retirement Village, Cavan. This is a partnership project between Cavan County Council and Túath Housing Association which has resulted in the delivery of 10 new homes in Cavan using Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding made available by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Cavan County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Councillor Shane P. O’Reilly switched on the Christmas tree lights on Friday 5th December in Castlemanor Retirement Village to officially open 10 bungalows for the elderly and disabled.
All 10no properties are fully occupied with tenants from the Council’s waiting list who are delighted to have been allocated these high quality homes. The tenants are located within close proximity to Cavan Town Centre and have a range of onsite facilities including the nursing home, hairdressers, oratory and community centre. Positive Age occupies an office within the development and host regular activities in the community centre which they encourage all residents to attend. These activities have helped ensure the integration of Túath’s tenants with the other residents living within the development.
Túath and Cavan County Council are therefore delighted to have received funding approval to purchase a further 9no units within this development which we expect to deliver in January 2015.
Túath’s First Scheme in Cavan
The Association has purchased 10 2 bed bungalows within Castlemanor Retirement Village, Cavan. The acquisition was completed using CAS funding provided by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The properties will be exclusively allocated to elderly applicants from the Council’s waiting list. Residents will be able to take full advantage of the facilities onsite including an oratory, a hairdressers and a community centre.
This scheme was delivered as a result of collaboration with Cavan County Council and represents Túath’s first project within this local authority area where we hope to continue to provide high quality accommodation in areas of housing need. Túath is currently looking into purchasing additional units at this scheme.
Túath secures funding for special needs housing projects
The Association are delighted to have been awarded over €3.5m State funding as part of the support mechanism for the new Homelessness Implementation Plan. Apart from providing 11 new homes for the homeless, the funding will also help to deliver 17 homes for people with special housing needs including the elderly and persons with an intellectual or physical disability and homeless persons. The money will be used to purchase completed homes in a short timeframe as well as to commence new building projects. The Association will now start work to immediately progress these projects in partnership with local authorities.
Please see below the full list of Túath Housing projects approved.
|Local Authority||Scheme Type||No. of Units||CAS Funding Amount||Category of need|
|Cavan County Council||Purchase||2||€96,310||Elderly/Disabled|
|South Dublin County Council||Construction||4||€703,245||Disabled/Homeless|
|Dublin City Council||Purchase||3||€540,000||Homeless|
|Westmeath County Council||Construction||6||€723,728||Homeless|
|Westmeath County Council||Construction||6||€723,728||Elderly|
|Meath County Council||Purchase||3||€448,099||Elderly|
|Laois County Council||Purchase||3||€216,780||Intellectual/Physical Disabilities|
|Monaghan County Council||Purchase||1||€82,260||Intellectual Disability|
68 New Homes in Management
The start of 2014 is proving very busy for the Association with the allocation of 68 new homes brought into management via a variety of procurement methods, including purchase and leasing.
The homes acquired are a mix of houses and apartments throughout some ten Counties, increasing the Associations stock in management to 1,850 homes.
We are delighted to be working with a new Local Authority partner in Galway County and for continuing our work in these lettings with existing partners in Dublin City, Fingal, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Cork City & County, Waterford City and Louth. Túath look forward to continued partnership with all Local Authorities in 2014 to provide good quality accommodation in areas where demand is high for social housing.
Ban Na Greine
Vicars Choral, Tuam, Galway
New Social Housing Delivered in North County Dublin via NARPS
Túath has worked together in partnership with Fingal County Council and NAMA to lease twenty new homes at Red Arches, The Coast, Baldoyle, Dublin 13. All of the new homes will be let to applicants on the Council’s, housing waiting list.
The properties are being leased by Túath for a period of 20 years and 9 months with an option to purchase in the latter stages of the lease. The properties are fully furnished to a turnkey standard and ready for immediate occupation.
The NARPS initiative is a new, NAMA led method of delivering social housing in areas of high demand where NAMA have vacant stock. Túath welcomes this initiative to increase the supply of social housing and is endeavouring to deliver additional NARPS schemes across the country in the near future.
Award Winning Housing Scheme at Former Dún Laoghaire Golf Club Was Officially Opened
Rochdale, Honey Park, was officially opened by Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth on the 3rd October 2013
The opening marks Túath Housing’s purchase of sixty-one apartments from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in a landmark €13 million deal. The project was financed via a loan from the Housing Finance Agency along with State funding under the Capital Assistance Scheme and Capital Advance Leasing Facility. In addition to the purchase, Túath will manage a further nineteen apartments under a long term lease agreement on behalf of the Council.
Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth said “DLRCC were very happy to partner with Tuath on this project and are delighted to see that 80 households from the Council’s Social Housing List have been provided with homes in this very desirable location’
The Associations Chairman, James Pike added, “The high density mixed development, has planning approval to provide some 856 houses & apartments, along with crèche facilities, a supermarket, shops, café and a neighbourhood centre on the 78-acre site of the former Dún Laoghaire Golf Club. Tuath are delighted to be playing a part in the creation of a new community, integrated into the existing urban fabric, which will set a benchmark for the essential regeneration and consolidation of the Greater Dublin Area”
Works have already commenced on the neighbourhood centre and extensive parklands already provided ensure that residents enjoy a peaceful and beautiful setting within a town location. New homes are continuing to be built and sold by Cosgraves to ensure that more families will enjoy the facilities available.
Túath and Cluid Housing collaboration deliver new homes in Galway
Túath and Cluid Housing Associations worked together in partnership with Galway City Council to purchase an entire block of 26 apartments at An Leargan. All homes will be let to applicants on the council’s waiting list.
The apartments were purchased via the Department of Environment Community & Local Government’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) from O’Malley Construction Ltd. The apartments were finished and fitted out to social housing standards and some adapted for disabled persons.
Association acquires 3 new units in Douglas Cork
The Association has secured a further three units in Douglas, Cork via the DOECLG’s private leasing initiative in partnership with Cork County Council.
The units are located within Corville House, Douglas in an area of mixed development consisting of residential and commercial units approximately 2 miles from Cork City centre and are convenient to all amenities.
The three apartments will be exclusively allocated to applicants from Cork County Council’s housing list.
June has also seen the allocation and letting of four homes throughout Kildare in partnership with Kildare County Council. In addition, Túath have secured a further five units within Clonmullion Retirement Village, Athy which has proved to be a successful example of private leasing. Subsequently, Túath are now providing thirty nine units of accommodation for social housing within this development and all allocations have come directly from Kildare County Council’s housing list.
Social Housing Units Purchased at Honeypark, Glenageary.
Túath Housing has received its first loan from the Housing Finance Agency plc. to purchase sixty-one apartments from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for approximately €13million. The purchase was financed partly via a loan from the Housing Finance Agency plc. along with State funding under the Capital Assistance Scheme and Capital Advance Leasing Facility. The sixty-one apartments acquired include sixteen 1 beds and forty-five 2 bed apartments. Túath Housing will continue to manage a further nineteen apartments under a long term lease agreement on behalf of the Council.
This purchase is the result of collaborative work by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in partnership with Túath, the Department of the Environment Community & Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency plc. The successful sale to the Association ensures that the Council secures sole nomination rights to the apartments for people on its waiting list for decades to come.
Honeypark on completion will accommodate over 865 homes, with recreational and commercial facilities on the 78- acre site of the former Dún Laoghaire Golf Club. The builders are Cosgrave Developments who are continuing to build and sell homes on the site. The properties purchased are located within the first phase of the scheme convenient to a multitude of local amenities and with access to local transport links. Tenants already living in the units under a previous management agreement with the Association will continue to live in their homes without disruption.
The Association, in working with all of the Agencies listed has been able to provide high specification, centrally located homes in Dún Laoghaire.
400 Units Now In Management From Túath’s Munster Office
Túath’s Munster office, located in Cork City now manages over 400 units. Our offices opened in late 2011 as a direct response to social leasing contracts awarded to the Association initially by Cork City & County. This expanded quickly to include private leasing opportunities with developers. We now also manage units in Waterford City & County and North Tipperary from this office. Further projects are due to complete in the coming weeks in Schull, in partnership with Cork County Council and in Douglas with a private developer via leasing. The Association has also a further two projects in Cork County in the pipeline with NAMA, one to be purchased using HFA finance and another to be leased using NAMA’s Special Purpose Vehicle that we expect to complete in the coming months.
Castleross Retirement Village – Túath’s First Scheme in Monaghan
Tuath recently acquired 10no. 2 bed bungalows at Castleross Retirement Village in County Monaghan. This project is our first in the County. The units purchased were the last ten units available in Castleross which will ensure empty homes are brought into use in a rural setting and our tenants will bring more life to an existing retirement community. The Association are working with Carrickmacross Town Council & Monaghan County Council to allocate the units from the Councils waiting list The first tenants moved into their new homes on the 2nd of April.
The retirement village provides sheltered accommodation with an onsite caretaker, a community centre, a convenience store, posting facilities and a mini-bus service to Carrickmacross. We would like to thank the Council for their assistance and working with us on this project.
The association is pleased to announce the purchase of properties in Mullingar, City West, and Nenagh using CAS funding provided by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
The properties will be exclusively allocated to applicants from the Council’s waiting list in Westmeath, South Dublin and North Tipperary respectively.
Mullingar City West
February has also seen the allocation and letting of homes in The Pavillions, Swords and Charlestown, Finglas in partnership with Fingal County Council who own the properties. 100% of nominations will be from the Council’s waiting list.
The Pavillions, Swords Charlestown, Finglas
First CALF delivered Túath Housing are delighted to have signed up to the first Capital Advance Leasing Facility(CALF) project with the DECLG and Meath County Council. The innovative scheme is based on a ‘hybrid’ purchase and lease arrangement. Six properties have been purchased and four leased at the lovely Retirement Village at Knightsbridge, Trim, Co. Meath. The dwellings have been pre-allocated to independent, active, elderly persons selected exclusively from the Council’s waiting list.
Knightsbridge Village is a new development of 69 homes, designed specifically for older people.
The scheme is located adjacent to a new nursing home and it is also centered around a recreational communal facility.
The housing plus these facilities will provide tenants with the opportunity to live independently with the benefit of security and support services, if required.
As one of the largest providers of nursing home and care services to the elderly in the UK(Barchester Healthcare) can provide optional support services, including domiciliary and home care to residents at Knightsbridge.
Knightsbridge is a dedicated care village, providing independent living options for persons over 55 through the provision of independent living accommodation as well as nursing, respite and post operative care at the on-site Nursing Home.
The village is situated on a twelve acre campus. The site also includes a village hall and library with internet, coffee shop, all-weather bowling green, gardens and raised access flowerbeds, children’s play area and a medical centre, which serves as a public Primary Care Centre(PCC) for Trim and surrounding areas. Services include GPs and public health nurses.