Social housing providers battle to revive their housing programmes

Housing associations from across the country came together at the Irish Council for Social Housing AGM today (Thurs) to discuss the future of social housing provision for the sector. Between 2008 and 2011, there was a 75% increase in housing need, from 56,000 to 98,000 households however at the same time, from 2009, housing output […]

Housing Federation welcomes set up of NAMA company to fast-track purchase of social housing

Mr Donal McManus, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Social Housing, reacted to the news ‘The establishment of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be crucial in accelerating the transfer of properties for social housing. To date transfers have comprised a circuitous route involving a range of stakeholders such as borrowers, lenders, receivers and NAMA’. […]

€100m funding boost for social housing

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has welcomed the announcement of €100m for social housing by Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan T.D.   ICSH Executive Director Donal McManus said ‘Our members across the country have housing projects awaiting funding which will meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society’. He added, ‘The […]

Mortgage to Rent Scheme will assist home owners facing repossession, says Housing Federation

Mr Donal McManus, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) today stated ‘The ICSH welcome the announcement regarding the Mortgage to Rent scheme which will assist those who are in serious mortgage distress facing repossession to stay in their family homes’. However, Mr McManus added, ‘there must be a sound financial basis […]

Communities join together to celebrate European Neighbours Day

People across Ireland came out in force on Friday 1st June to host a fun day of celebrations to mark European Neighbours Day. The special day, promoted by the Irish Council for Social Housing, aims to bring neighbours and local people together and encourage community links. The European event spans 33 countries, with over 12 million […]

Housing Federation predicts rise in waiting lists for housing

Housing waiting lists will rise in the coming years and will exceed 100,000 households, the Irish Council for Social Housing warned today. The national housing federation issued its warning at its Dublin regional meeting where over 30 housing associations met to discuss the crisis. One of the key issues highlighted by the ICSH was the […]

Enormous Challenge Ahead for Social Housing Providers

Budget 2012 has delivered yet more difficult news for vulnerable households in need of social housing. Non-profit housing associations will be affected by both capital and revenue funding cuts which make the challenge of delivering social housing for vulnerable groups more difficult. The capital funding budget has been reduced yet again by 23% as well […]