Túath allocate another 29 homes in Louth
The association have recently handed over keys for 29 new build turnkey homes within the Castleguard Development in Ardee to some very happy tenants from Louth County Council’s housing list. These units represent the first phase of a much larger scheme which on completion will result in the provision of more than 100 much needed homes in Ardee. This project is a result of collaboration between Túath, Louth County Council and the developer Quarry Road Developments. Finance for this development was provided via a combination of CALF funding from the DHPLG and private finance from the Housing Finance Agency.
New Homes for Navan
Túath are delighted to have acquired a number of Part V social homes in Athlumney, Navan, CO. Meath. As per the planning regulations a minimum of ten percent of all new housing developments are allocated as social housing and Túath acquired these much needed family homes on behalf of Meath County Council. This acquisition was supported by Council and funded using CALF funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) and EIB funding through the Housing Finance Agency (HFA).
Some lucky families from Meath County Council’s housing waiting list have already moved in to these fine homes with more families are preparing to move in soon.
We wish the very best to these families in their new homes and thank Meath County Council, DHPLG and HFA for supporting and funding these homes.
Seaside Living at its Best…
Túath are delighted to have acquired 5 beautiful Part V social homes in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The acquisition of these 5 family homes was supported by Wicklow County Council and funded using CALF funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) and EIB funding through the Housing Finance Agency (HFA).
The five lucky families are getting ready to move into their forever homes just in time for Summer.
We wish them all the very best and thank Wicklow County Council, HFA and DHPLG for making it happen..
Ard Dealgan, Dundalk: Lease signing ceremony – Louth County Council
A contract signing ceremony for the regeneration of Ard Dealgan in Dundalk to mark the start of bringing this important town centre housing scheme back into use was held on the 5th March 2018. Túath are thrilled to be involved in this ground-breaking public, private, voluntary sector collaboration and have signed contracts with Celtic Social Housing Development Co Ltd to bring 68 homes at the Dundalk development back into use. The complex, which is being refurbished will be made available to applicants on Louth County Council’s social housing waiting list in mid-2019. With over 4,400 people on the Council’s waiting list this is vitally important work to provide affordable housing for those who cannot provide homes for themselves in the private market.
Ard Dealgan has lain vacant since it was the subject of a Fire Closure Notice in 2009. Louth County Council had begun a Compulsory Purchase Order process when the site was sold out of receivership to Celtic Social Housing Development Co Ltd, who offered the Council to refurbish the building for social housing. In 2019 it will reopen as Halliday Mills, named after Arthur Halliday, who employed more than 1,000 people in his shoe factory in the 1960s, located on this site. Upon completion the redeveloped complex will contain 68 apartments, comprising 10 one-bed, 46 two-bed and 7 three-bed apartments, as well as 3 two-bed and 2 four-bed duplexes.
Túath look forward to working with the Council and Celtic Housing and to the transformation of Ard Dealgan into the new Halliday Mills and most importantly to the time when new residents move in to create homes and to start in earnest the process of sustainable place-making. For Túath, Ard Dealgan represents an opportunity to grow its social housing portfolio in County Louth from its current 175 homes. With other social housing developments in planning or on site in the County in partnership with the Council, Túath aims to have over 500 homes in Co Louth by end 2019.
Túath had a very successful awards night at last week’s All Ireland Chartered Institute of Housing awards in the Titanic Building, Belfast.
Túath were shortlisted for four awards and were thrilled to come away with two overall awards and one highly commended award.
Abbot Court, Dun Laoghaire was the first shortlisted development up for an award and we were thrilled to get second place and ‘Highly Commended’ in the category for Best Large Development.
The Best Housing Team category was fiercely contested but our very own New Business Team prevailed to win this award for the outstanding delivery of 806 social homes in 2017.
The Best Housing Story was awarded to Dublin City Council in partnership with Tuath for Ffrenchmullen House, Charlemont Street. This award was voted for by the public.
Kellett’s Grove, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.
Túath are very happy to have acquired 6 beautiful two-bedroom bungalows at Kellett’s Grove in Dunshaughlin. As we all know bungalows are a rare find in the current new homes market so we are very thankful to Meath County Council who allocated 4 of these houses to Túath under the Part V requirement and supported our acquisition of 2 other homes.
We will endeavour to allocate all 6 homes to those in most need of bungalow type accommodation and wish the lucky tenants all the very best in their new homes.
Final Phase Closes at Roseberry Hill, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
We are delighted to complete our final phase at Roseberry Hill which comprises of the last 16 out of 45 homes purchased by Túath.
These 16 homes are a mix of 3 and 4 bedroom, beautiful quality homes, offering superb long term family homes for our tenants.
We wish our new and existing tenants all the very best in their new long term homes at Roseberry.
41 New Family Homes in Drogheda
Túath have completed the final phase of 8 homes in Liscorrie, Drogheda bringing the total number of social homes provided within this development to 41. The Association agreed to purchase these properties for the provision of social housing with the developer; Woodfort CFS at the end of 2016. The construction of these new build, high quality homes has taken just over 12 months and all 41 homes have been allocated to tenants from the council’s housing list. The homes were delivered in 7 phases throughout the year with all units to be fully occupied this month.
Funding for this purchase was via a combination of CALF (Capital Advance Leasing Facility) funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and private finance from the HFA (Housing Finance Agency).
The successful delivery of these homes wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Louth County Council. Túath look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Council and are contracted to deliver over 300 further social homes within the county before the end of 2019.
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AIB provide social housing Funding Facility to Túath Housing Association for up to 190 homes
AIB Corporate Banking has partnered with Túath Housing Association to fund the acquisition of up to 190 social homes in every County and District in Ireland. In response to Rebuilding Ireland’s vacant homes initiative, Túath are purchasing homes from the State’s Housing Agency and letting them to families on Local Authority housing waiting lists. The properties are vacant former rental units in need of repair. As part of the initiative, Túath is refurbishing the properties, with the cost of the works being added to the cost of purchasing the property.
AIB is providing initial funding of €15m towards the cost of the purchase and a repair bill to facilitate an initial acquisition programme. The first tranche was used to complete the purchase and repair of 21 homes, with a range of houses and apartments in the local authority areas of Dublin City, South Dublin, Donegal, Westmeath, Galway County and City, Kildare and Wexford.
Chairman of Túath Séamus Doherty said; ‘’It is essential that more public and voluntary sector homes are provided for those shut out of the housing market. More could be spent, and spent more effectively by channeling housing expenditure, raised via private finance, through housing associations. At a time when we have historically low borrowing rates, the country should be borrowing and building much more than we currently are. The AIB loan facility is an excellent example of how this can be achieved, effectively and efficiently’’.
Eoghan O’Neill of AIB Corporate Banking said “AIB is committed to playing a meaningful role in delivering more social housing in the months and years ahead. We are very proud of our involvement in this collaboration with Túath. AIB has significant experience in financing the social housing sector and we are currently working with a number of other approved housing bodies on funding for social housing.”
As one of the actions included in the Government’s ‘Rebuilding Ireland Programme’, The Housing Agency was provided with a €70m fund, and the objective is to use this fund to acquire up to 1,600 vacant properties from financial institutions. It has already acquired a large number of houses and apartments, primarily from distressed sales. The proceeds from the sale of the properties to Túath and other Approved Housing Bodies will then be used again to acquire housing stock and commence the process once more.
John O’Connor of the Housing Agency said “We welcome today’s announcement by AIB. The Housing Agency have worked with a range of organisations to find ways of bringing vacant homes back into use. An organisation like AIB working with the housing bodies is a significant boost and shows what can be achieved by good collaboration.”