ICSH News

Non-profit housing associations could help find homes for 5,000 families

Non-profit housing associations could help find homes for up to 5,000 families and vulnerable groups such as older people and those with disabilities, a new survey by the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has found.    

And ICSH warned that this is vital at a time when pressure for social housing is building rapidly, especially in Dublin.

Housing Federation calls for ‘social dividend’ from Dublin NAMA properties announced in Budget 2014

15th October 2013

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has today called for a ‘social dividend’ from the NAMA investment announced in Budget 2014 which is to include construction of 4,500 homes and apartments in Dublin. This would ensure that these properties will be used to house households in most housing need.

‘Denial of rent supplement is making independent living impossible for people with disabilities’ housing federation claims

‘Denial of rent supplement is making independent living impossible for people with disabilities’ housing federation claims

3rd October 2013

People with disabilities are being denied access to rent supplement by the Department of Social Protection which is affecting their ability to live independently in the community. The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), the national representative federation for non-profit housing associations, has today expressed its frustration in trying to resolve the impasse between Government departments and the reluctance by the State to address this widespread and growing practice across the country.

Local Property Tax – Guidelines issued on exemptions for Special Needs Accommodation

The Revenue Commissioners have published guidance for approved housing bodies on criteria to be used for ‘special needs accommodation’ for exemption from the Local Property Tax . The document states that:

‘any property that has been funded under the Capital Assistance Scheme that is specifically approved for special needs accommodation by the relevant local authority will be exempt from the charge to LPT’.

 

Residential Tenancies Bill

The voluntary housing sector will be affected by the recently published Residential Tenancies Bill. The discussion around the impact of this bill on the sector is still ongoing. To discuss any queries or comments you have on this issue, please contact the ICSH on 01 6618334.

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