The ICSH had a very busy year in 2016 as outlined in the activity reports of the different working groups included in this report. During 2016, the ICSH continued to roll-out the Strategic Plan 2015-2018.A significant amount of ICSH resources was focused on regulatory issues and communicating the work of the sector and the ICSH governance structures have become established and are working well in terms of consultation, consideration of policy matters and decision-making. With up to 260 members, there were three new housing associations established with a significant number of existing members seeking support on restructuring and organisational change. This form of organisation capacity building to support increased delivery and service delivery will likely be a key role for the sector in the forthcoming years.
The Spring 2017 edition of Social Housing covers innovative delivery across the sector, RTB regulation one-year-on, Rebuilding Ireland updates, repair and lease and mortgage to rent information, the National Planning Fraemwork 2040, Peter McVerry's 'Empty Homes' inititaive, the ICSH Tenant Experience Survey 2017 and our recent regional membership meetings.
The winter 2016 edition of Social Housing covers our rent Housing Finace Conference. Again, we track the progress of Rebuilding Ireland and chart Ireland's ever growing homelessness crisis. And a special feature profile Foscadh's Housing recent success with the HFA's Tier 2 lending initiative.
The past year signals change in the social housing landscape in Ireland. After a number of years of significant retrenchment in the social housing programmes, the Social Housing Strategy, launched at the end of 2014 provided a new direction for a signifi cantly expanded social housing programme, and particularly for our own housing association sector. Despite this, we still have a long way to go to make a signifi cant impact on the housing and homelessness crisis, which still needs a long-term commitment by Government.
With the increasing demand in the private rental sector, rent affordability issues and lack of security of tenure, this has created additional pressure on the social housing sector with housing associations responding to an acute demand for emergency accommodation, housing and support services.
Maura Moore (Head of Professional Services & Nonprofits, AIB) and Donal McManus (ICSH) provide insights on the opportunities and challenges facing the social housing sector in Ireland against the backdrop of the Government’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Rebuilding Ireland.
This bulletin is produced by the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), the federation for non-profit housing associations which represents approximately 270 members. The sector manages over 30,000 homes for families on a low income, older people, people with disabilities and homeless households in every local authority area.
This report has been commissioned by the ICSH to carry out a thorough assessment of the current financial mechanisms and future funding options available that will enable effective social housing delivery for the AHB sector and identify options for increasing the supply of housing, particularly social, in Ireland post-2015.