Availability and access to good quality, secure and affordable housing is a central focus for Election 2016. The true scale of the current housing market is not only reflected in the housing waiting lists and homelessness figures but as a broader issue encompassing households forced out of the rental market e.g. those living in overcrowded accommodation, young people unable to move out of the family home, key workers, older and disabled people in inappropriate accommodation.
The DECLG has announced that the annual Management and Maintenance allowance paid annually by local authorities to approved housing bodies for CLSS funded properties will remain the same for the year from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016 and subsequent years until further notice. These rates are €436 per unit in areas to which the general cost limit applies and €543 per unit in the administrative areas where higher cost limits apply.
The ICSH is pleased to announce that its updated Governance and Housing Management Toolkit is now available for members in the Members’ Section of this website. The toolkit updates and consolidates the previous ICSH Guide - Working for Good Governance (2008) and also includes additional advice and policy guidance in areas such as board governance and renewal, housing management policies and tenant services.
The ICSH were delighted to form part of the launch of a new lending initiative offered by the HFA specifically targeted at Tier 2 or Tier 3 AHBs which are not currently approved Certified Bodies. The product launched is tailored to AHBs with lending requirements from a minimum of €250,000 up to €1,500,000 and is specifically tailored towards property acquisitions.
The implementation of the Social Housing Strategy is being hampered by significant infrastructural issues, which are not being dealt with quickly enough. That’s according to Dr. Donal McManus, CEO of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), who was speaking today (30.11.15) at the organisation’s AGM.
Government today announced measures to increase housing supply and stabilise rents in the private rented sector. Full details are available on the DECLG website: http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/Housing/File...
A summary of the main aspects of the budget relating to social housing and supports is provided below. The ICSH provided a response noting the reaffirmation of the commitments in the Social Housing Strategy noting the absence of any effective short term solutions on rent certainty, increase of the rent caps etc. to address the current crisis in the private rented sector.
The Community Housing Awards, which encourage, recognise and reward excellence in the delivery of social housing has been in existence since 2003 and this year marks the 7th biennial Community Housing Awards.
Without doubt, the standard and quality of submissions was exceptionally high this year demonstrating the sector's commitment to deliver the highest quality housing.
The ICSH welcome the announcement today by Ministers Kelly and Coffey of the €151m investment the first significant development programme under CAS for the last number of years
Funding of €84m will be provided for new build construction of 521 new homes and €67m for the purchase of a further 536 homes.