Housing Associations Deliver 1/3 of All Long-term Social Housing in 2017

Today, the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) will launch the Housing Association Activity Report 2017. The report demonstrates that housing associations have been working flat-out in recent years to rebuild Ireland’s social housing stock.  In 2017, 1 in every 3 new long-term social homes were delivered by housing associations. That’s 2,330 homes through a combination of build, acquisition and leasing.

Dr. Donal McManus, Chief Executive said “2013 was ground zero for us. We delivered 211 units in that year. So, looking at 2017, we’ve increased our capacity ten-fold over the past five years. Housing Associations are tasked with delivering more than 15,000 of the 50,000 social homes committed to in Rebuilding Ireland. ICSH member organisations own and manage 33,000 social homes throughout Ireland and our goal is to grow our social housing stock by 50% over the next five years, to almost 50,000 units. It’s important too to remember the socio-economic impact of a vibrant construction industry. For every 10 jobs in construction, another 4 are created indirectly. The Housing Land Map tells us that at least 2,000 hectares are in state or semi-state ownership, which can deliver more than 40,000 homes. Housing bodies are working in partnership with the Housing Agency and local authorities across the state. But state sites need to come onstream quickly as part of a defined pipeline of new build social housing. This is imperative if we are to reach (and ideally exceed) the targets in Rebuilding Ireland”.

The development pipeline for housing associations stands at over 5,700 homes. ICSH believe this number can be increased with specific actions by Government, and we are calling on the Government to urgently bring forward the plans for the new Regeneration and Development Agency and release strategically located land banks for social and affordable housing. In addition, only 10% of the current housing association pipeline is dedicated to housing for older people. If we look at the nation’s changing demographics, we know that a much greater percentage of new housing must come in the form of lifetime adaptable housing, to enable the growing number of older households to age in place.






For further information and interview bids, please contact:
Ken Reid, Information and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (01) 661 8334; 086 0831786
Email: kenreid@icsh.ie


Editor’s Notes:


  • The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) is the national federation for non-profit housing associations (also known as approved housing bodies or AHBs), representing approximately 270 members that provide social housing.  The sector manages over 33,000 homes for families on a low income, older people, people with disabilities and people who are homeless.
  • Overall Social Housing Output in 2017 (provided by both local authorities and housing associations/AHBs): 7,095. Of which AHB delivered: 2,330 (33%).


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Please contact kenreid@icsh.ie for more information on housing association delivery and the sector’s development pipeline.


Wednesday, 9 May, 2018