Press Release

Irish Council for Social Housing calls for expanded social housing programme in its pre-budget submission -Resources need to match new social housing strategy expectation

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has called on the Government to tackle the deepening housing crisis in Budget 2015 as a national priority. In its pre-budget submission the ICSH is calling for an expansion of the social housing programme to target the housing needs of the most vulnerable in society and those in priority need of affordable rental housing.

Social Housing Federation welcomes cabinet approval of the Implementation Plan

Press Release

20th May 2014

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) today welcomes the approval by Cabinet of the Implementation Plan on the State's Response to Homelessness.  

Mr Donal McManus, Executive Director, ICSH said 'The measures outlined in the plan published today are wide ranging and practical and the ICSH welcome the key role which will be played by Approved Housing Bodies in its implementation'.

Scale of waiting list figures show increased supply of new social housing essential to avoid a supply crisis - Housing Federation warns

A newly identified social housing need of nearly 90,000 households has highlighted a looming supply crisis with the problem worsening in the Dublin area, according to the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH).

The new report from the Housing Agency – the 2013 Housing Needs Assessment - shows the scale of local authority housing needs across the country.
 

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

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

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.

ICSH Press Release: ‘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.

Press Release - Tax on social housing will decimate the sector – says housing federation

 

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has described the levying of the property tax on social housing landlords as ‘the final blow to the future delivery of social housing’. This call came in advance of the Bill on the local property tax being debated in the Dail on Friday 14th December.

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

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’.

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

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 to underpin the scheme in order to ensure its success’.

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