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Minister Coveney and Minister Kyne Visit Tuath’s Social Housing Construction Project

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney and Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Seán Kyne visited the site at Reileán, Roscam, Galway City, where 24 new social homes are under construction for Tuath Housing. The overall development will consist of 104 homes and is being built by O’Malley’s Construction. The 24 new homes are due to come on stream in February 2017.reiliean

NTMA Chief Visits Social Housing Construction Project

‘UP ON THE ROOF’

NTMA CHIEF VISITS SOCIAL HOUSING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Conor O’Kelly, head of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) is pictured (4th from left) on the fifth floor of a social housing apartment block under construction in Dun Laoghaire as part of a fact finding mission. Mr O’Kelly commented; ‘We are determined to find ways to unlock some of the advantages of historically low interest rates and financial system liquidity to help organisations like Túath, to achieve their objectives and ambitions’.

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HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS COMMITTEE REPORT

PRESS STATEMENT 17th June 2016

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Túath wholeheartedly welcomes the report. It is a brave start in the repair of a completely broken housing market. Massive intervention by the State in both the public and private sectors was overdue. Measures to increase the supply of new homes but particularly social housing is the right thing to do. The building of tens of thousands of social homes will not only give hope to families on Council waiting lists but also to those currently priced out of private renting and ownership by increasing overall supply and reducing demand.

Seamus Doherty, Túath’s Chairman stated; ‘’Now has never been a better time for the State to borrow to build. With Ireland currently able to borrow at historically low interest rates, public investment in social housing will not only provide enormous short term economic benefits to the country but also provide a platform to help support long term, sustainable economic growth via the provision of affordable homes. The less money required by hard working families to pay in rent is more money to spend in the real economy and it helps to sustain a more attractive job creation environment for employers. At Túath we would like to see access to both social and affordable renting broadened, by allowing middle income families access to social and affordable housing without negatively impacting on lower income families.’’ 

Chief Executive, Sean O’Connor added; ‘’Is it really asking too much for families to have an expectation of being able to find a decent home they can afford to rent or buy? Is it too much to ask for choice in housing tenures and types and price ranges? In any properly functioning market, competition ensures choice and choice ensures competition. If we are not careful, ownership in high demand areas will become the exclusive privilege of property investors and the very well off. It is crucial for society that affordable public housing is built to provide homes for those shut out of our dysfunctional housing market. Túath is committed to playing its part in collaboration with Local Authorities to deliver these new homes and is on schedule to deliver 500 homes for social renting this year. In our view a Housing Association home is no different to a Council home, both are Public Housing.’’

Notes : Túath Housing is approved and registered for voluntary housing with the DECLG and the Housing Regulator. Túath is a certified borrower with the Housing Finance Agency and the European Investment Bank. The Association currently provides over 2,500 social homes in over twenty local authorities at an average rent of €55 per week, helping to serve the affordable housing needs of local communities. The Association is managed by a team of board members drawn from volunteer professionals, who donate their services and time for free. The Association is a not-for-profit company, regulated by the State Housing Regulator, a member of the Irish Council for Social Housing and an approved voluntary housing association with charitable status. The Association provides social housing at low rents to those on Council waiting lists including single people, families, older people and people with disabilities.                                                        

Blue Skies in Greystones at the Official Opening of La Touche Court

 

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Túath Housing Association in partnership with Wicklow County Council were delighted to officially open La Touche Court on Monday 23rd May. This collaboration which also included an input from NAMA, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Portella Developments resulted in the delivery of seven fantastic homes. They say “life begins at 40” but for these residents 55 and over is the new 40 as these homes were designed specifically for those 55 and over. The seven families who were allocated these homes by Túath from Wicklow County Council’s waiting list are all delighted with their new homes and Marie O’ Hagan, a La Touche resident spoke at the opening outlining her delight!

The Cathaoirleach Councillor John Ryan opened proceedings and unveiled a new public bench to mark the occasion, in his speech he emphasised the need to share valuable resources and how going forward Wicklow County Council, working closely with Túath Housing and other stakeholders, he is confident that many other similar projects will be delivered in Co. Wicklow easing the housing crisis. He also congratulated all the new residents and wished them well in their new homes.

Also in attendance on the day were our new Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, as well as representatives from both NAMA and Portella Developments. The beautiful weather added to the enjoyment on the day and proceedings were concluded by Túath Housing Chairman Mr. Seamus Doherty who stated how “Túath is focused on the delivery of affordable homes to our community. This development provides excellent affordable housing specifically designed to cater for the needs of its residents. The project evidences the strong partnership between Wicklow County Council, NAMA, Government Departments and ourselves. We look forward to working with our partners in future developments”

 

Túath Board Member Paddy Gray Delivers Housing Address

On May 24th, Túath Housing Board Member Professor Paddy Gray delivered an address to the Housing Affordability Summit in Dublin Castle on “How to Measure and Achieve Long Term Affordability”. Fellow speakers including Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, John O’Connor, Chief Executive of the Housing Agency and Dr. Michelle Norris, Head of the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin.

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New Social Homes in Leinster & Munster

Túath On Course to Double Output in 2016

By the end of Quarter 1/2016, 76 new homes were completed with contracts already signed on a further 285 homes for completion throughout 2016.

 

Fingal New Homes

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31 homes were acquired across two developments in Balbriggan and another in Clonsilla in partnership with Fingal County Council. Nine homes were purchased in The Glebe, Balbriggan with eleven purchased in Bremore Pastures, and an additional eleven in Castlegrange, Clonsilla.  The Glebe consists of a single terrace of 3-bed houses while a mix of houses and apartments were acquired in Bremore Pastures and Castlegrange. All 31 homes have been allocated to families from Fingal County Councils social housing waiting. CALF funding from the Department of Environment and private finance from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) was utilised to facilitate the acquisitions.

 

 

Cork Acquisitions

Túath completed two NARPS leased schemes in Cork, both consisting of ten homes. We worked closely with NAMA and Cork County Council to deliver houses in Tir Cluain, Midleton which have been allocated to families from the council’s waiting list and also to tenants who had to decant from their existing homes due to flood damage. The second scheme in Maryborough Ridge, Douglas is a mix of apartments, duplexes and terrace houses. Both developments were completed to a high standard with a full internal fit-out including furniture, flooring and appliances. Túath are delighted to have strengthened its presence within both schemes, where the association already provides social homes in partnership with the Council.

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Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS)

Picture 6A number of one-off CAS purchases were made in Counties Cork and Monaghan including a 3-bed bungalow which has been acquired in partnership with Cheshire Ireland and Cork County Council. The property will be specially adapted to meet the needs of the residents.

The association also purchased a 2-bed apartment in Monaghan in partnership with Monaghan County Council. The availability of CAS funding has helped tenants find safe and secure places to live, and we thank the DECLG and the relevant local authorities for their assistance in completing these acquisitions.

 

 

 

Clonmullion Retirement Village, Athy, Co. Kildare

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We also purchased 36 two-bed adapted homes in Clonmullion Retirement Village, Athy. The Association has purchased them through CALF and private finance with the HFA. All current tenants will remain in their homes with a secure tenure going forward.

Túath are delighted to  have increased its overall number of owned units and thank both Kilkenny and Kildare County Councils for their support and assistance in the ‘anchoring’ of these high quality homes in the County’s permanent supply of social housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease Buy Outs in Kilkenny & Kildare

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Túath were managing three homes on behalf of Kilkenny County Council in Seville Lawns, Kilkenny. Funding to purchase these new homes was made available via CALF and private finance through the Housing Finance Agency (HFA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicklow County Council Collaboration Greystones Apartments Delivered

The association’s woWicklowrking relationship with Wicklow CoCo was strengthened this year resulting in the delivery of much needed homes within the County. April saw the delivery of seven high quality apartments within the La Touche development in Greystones.

Túath worked in partnership with NAMA, Wicklow County Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to acquire the properties. A planning restriction on this development means that all tenants must be over the age of 55 and as a result all properties have been fully adapted to meet the needs of the end user. They have been exclusively allocated to over 55’s from the Council’s waiting list.

Túath worked in partnership with NAMA, Wicklow County Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to acquire the properties. A planning restriction on this development means that all tenants must be over the age of 55 and as a result all properties have been fully adapted to meet the needs of the end user. They have been exclusively allocated to over 55’s from the Council’s waiting list.

 

 

 

 

Túath Announces New Chairperson

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Túath is pleased to announce the appointment of serving Board Director Seamus Doherty as Chairperson. Seamus is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, an Associate of the Institute of Taxation and holds an MSC from Trinity College, Dublin. Seamus has extensive international banking experience having lived and worked in the USA, Singapore, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Presently, Seamus runs his own business specialising in Management Consultancy, Corporate Finance and Real Estate.

Túath would like to extend sincere thanks to James Pike, who retired as Chairperson following a three year term. James will continue serving on the Board. Under the direction of James, Tuath has become one of the fastest growing and progressive Housing Associations in Ireland.

 

32 New Homes Opened in Newtownmountkennedy

 

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Partnership between Wicklow County Council & Túath Housing Results in 32 New Homes

Thirty-two new homes in  Newtownmountkennedy, purchased by Túath Housing in partnership with Wicklow County Council  were officially opened today (Weds).

The opening was marked by the planting of a tree by the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr John Ryan

Glenbrook Heights is an excellent example of partnership in practise between Wicklow County Council and Túath Housing Association using Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding made available by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

The purchase represented the largest approval from the 2015 CAS allocation both in terms of number of units delivered and level of funding provided. It also settled the Council’s Part V agreement for this prestige development.

Speaking at the opening, the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ryan, said: “I am delighted to stand here today alongside Túath Housing who have worked tirelessly with my colleagues in Wicklow County Council to deliver 32 houses of a very high standard.”

Emphasising the importance of collaborative working to meet the ever increasing need for social housing throughout the country, Túath Spokesperson Bronagh D’Arcy, said the project would not have been possible without collaborative working between Wicklow County Council, the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Túath Housing and the developer, Dwyer Nolan.

“We have worked together to provide new homes within an area of significant housing need. I would like to give particular thanks to the Council and the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government for their support without which Túath would not have been able to deliver these homes. We were delighted to receive approval to purchase these properties and see 32 households off the housing waiting list and in their new home”, she added.

Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr John Ryan said the fact that the need for social housing is at an all-time high in Wicklow and with the lack of suitable, good quality homes in the county means that projects like this are needed now more than ever.

He added: “I look forward to working with Túath Housing in the future to deliver more much need homes in Wicklow.”

Emphasising the importance of collaborative working to meet the ever increasing need for social housing throughout the country, Túath Spokesperson, Ms Bronagh D’Arcy, said the project would not have been possible without collaborative working between Wicklow County Council, the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Túath Housing and the developer Dwyer Nolan.

“We have worked together to provide new homes within an area of significant housing need. I would like to give particular thanks to the Council and the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government for their support without which Túath would not have been able to deliver these homes. We were delighted to receive approval to purchase these properties and see 32 households off the housing waiting list and in their new home”, she added.

Cllr Ryan said the fact that the need for social housing is at an all-time high in Wicklow and is continuing to increase with a housing waiting list of 3,818 applicants combined with the lack of suitable, good quality homes in the county means that projects like this are needed now more than ever.

The collaborative efforts of Túath, Wicklow County Council, Dwyer Nolan and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government led to the successful delivery of this high standard accommodation in October 2015.

Ms. D’Arcy said: “The bricks and mortar are now in place in Glenbrook but we believe that it is our tenants who create their own homes and help to develop the communities in which they live.”

Article courtesy of Wicklow News – http://www.wicklownews.net/2016/03/32-new-homes-opened-in-newtownmountkennedy/

Pioneering Partnership at Clare Village Wins CIH Award

CIH logoPIONEERING PARTNERSHIP AT CLARE VILLAGE WINS CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF HOUSING AWARD

Túath in collaboration with Dublin City Council, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, NAMA, Focus Ireland, and the Peter McVerry Trust are delighted to have scooped the ‘special recognition award’ at the All Ireland social housing awards event in Belfast City Hall on the 4th March 2016.

The Chartered Institute of Housing panel judged that the scheme and the organisations involved had made an outstanding contribution to ensure better housing in Ireland. The initiative at Clare Village was deemed a perfect example and the clear winner of this prestigious award. The housing project reflects a shared commitment to social housing and to combatting the homeless crisis via innovative, joined up thinking.

 

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Dick Brady, Assistant City Manager of Dublin City Council and James Pike, Chairman of Túath Housing receiving award.  

Túath and Dublin City Council worked diligently with other key stakeholders to acquire 119 apartments for social housing by gradually building up a sustainable stake of one third of all homes in the estate whilst NAMA worked to ensure that construction work was finished. In a ground-breaking homelessness initiative, Túath with Dublin City Council, NAMA, Albany Homes, the Housing Agency and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive collaborated to build out the last unfinished apartments as a co-ordinated response to the escalating homelessness crisis. A pioneering framework was simultaneously established to allow for the homes to be exclusively allocated to homeless families. Valuable work was also undertaken by social housing management partners, Focus Ireland and the Peter McVerry Trust to deliver sustainable tenancy solutions for new tenants.

Túath sincerely thanks all the stakeholders involved and for making this such a success and particularly thanks its tenants and indeed all residents who have helped make Clare Village a shining example of sustainable collaborative work in practice.

Túath Board Strengthened

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Túath are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paddy Gray to the Board of the association. Paddy is Professor of Housing at the University of Ulster. He is an established academic and is a leading authority on housing in the UK and Ireland. He has wide experience of academic and applied research and has over 200 publications on housing related issues. He has acted as Expert Advisor to government and regularly sits on strategic panels. In 2010 he was appointed the first ever Irish President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). He has extensive experience of the voluntary sectors and is Chair of Northern Ireland housing association, Connswater Homes, and is a Board member of a number of local and national charities and groups.

Paddy has conducted recent research to include work on the private rented sector, void property management, the evaluation of floating support services in NI, the evaluation of the Home Improvement Agency, the cost of building social housing in rural areas, the evaluation of accommodation standards for travellers, studies on integrated housing, and sustainable communities, social housing allocations, and the governance of Housing Associations. Paddy regularly contributes to Conferences and Seminars on housing, internationally, nationally and locally on a range of housing issues covering South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, China, and Nigeria as well as conferences across mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland. He was recently appointed as External Examiner for Masters Programme in Housing at the University of Hong Kong and programmes at the University of Glyndwr in Wales. He is also External Examiner for the CIH UK and Hong Kong and External Examiner for the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFoPP).

He was awarded a Distinguished Community Fellowship at the University of Ulster for outstanding work in the community. Other recent awards include honorary Fellowship of RICS, Belfast Ambassador of the Year for 2014 and Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience for the UK 2015. Bringing his impressive record up to date, Paddy secured the European Network for Housing Research for Belfast 2016.