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Comparison of Residential Construction Costs in Ireland to other European Countries

Housing Agency publishes Comparison of Residential Construction Costs  

in Ireland to other European Countries     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Housing & Urban Development Damien English TD published the 6th annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments

 

Publication of the 2017 Annual Progress Report on Actions to Address Unfinished Housing Developments

 

“Number of ‘ghost’ estates further reduced by 91% since 2010”

 

Minister for Housing and Urban Development Damien English TD, today (7 March, 2018) published the sixth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments.

This reveals a “91% reduction in the unfinished developments since 2010 from almost 3,000 to 256.  2017 saw the resolution of 165 developments”.

Minister English was speaking at the launch of the report that includes the results from the 2017 National Housing Development Survey which tracks progress on unfinished housing developments since 2010.  Among the key findings of this year’s survey are:

  • 91% decrease in the number of unfinished developments over the last 7 years;
  • 165 developments resolved in 2017;
  • 256 unfinished developments remaining;
  • 74% of local authority areas now contain less than 10 occupied?] unfinished developments; and
  • Four local authority areas have no occupied unfinished developments.

 

Minister English indicated that his objective is to resolve all remaining unfinished housing developments especially those within high market demand locations and strive for 100% turnaround.

The Minister acknowledges the results of the 2017 survey which indicate that the parts of developments that are occupied are, in the vast amount of cases, now well established and finished to a good standard. Minister English added “in the last twelve months we have resolved 165 developments and intend to build on that success with a further push in 2018 to resolve as many as possible of the remaining unfinished developments.”

Local authorities and on-the-ground teams have excellent local knowledge and have signalled that a number of sites with ‘unfinished’ elements are now coming back in for new planning permission. In a number of cases this was at pre-planning stage and throughout 2018 should move on to the determination of planning applications clearing the way for development subject to developer capacity, funding and demand.

Unfinished Housing Development teams established in local authorities to address the ‘unfinished’ issue have gained enormous experience and knowledge in matters of successful resolution from enforcement through to bonds and effective collaboration with receivers and financial institutions.  This knowledge and expanded capabilities can also now be applied towards matters of Taking in Charge and Vacant Homes Action Plans with the need for Empty Homes Officers.

In conclusion, the Minister signalled that “in the last twelve months we have resolved 165 developments and intend to build on that success with a further push in 2018 to resolve as many as possible of the remaining unfinished developments.  I am very pleased with the progress made by my Department and look forward to working with Department officials and local authorities in reducing the number of unfinished developments further throughout 2018.”

 

The Summary  Report is available here;  http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/unfinished_housing_developments_-_2017_annual_progress_report_0.pdf

 

Progress Report on UFHDs 2017, PDF 4MB

2017 UFDS Database, Excel file 555KB

Summary Data for each Local Authority for Remaining Developments, PDF 234KB

National Figures by County, Excel file 37KB

2017 UFDS Database All devs surveyed, Excel file 938KB

Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Scheme

Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Scheme

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is now seeking to expand the terms of the existing leasing initiative to:

  • target newly built or yet to be built houses and apartments for leasing;
  • target property developers and investors who are in a position to deliver housing at a reasonable scale; and
  • provide for 25 year lease terms that require the property owner to provide day to day maintenance of the properties under a schedule of Management Services.

 

Queries

Queries seeking clarification on any aspect of the Scheme may be submitted by e-mail to enhancedqueries@ntma.ie by no later than 5.00pm on Monday 26th of March 2018. Responses to all clarifications queries will be shared with all parties who have registered their interest in participating in the Scheme by e-mail to enhancedqueries@ntma.ie by no later than Friday 23rd March 2018.

 

Deadline for Receipt of Call for Proposals

Submissions should be returned via email to leasing@housingagency.ie and referenced Call for Proposals Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Arrangements by no later than 5pm on 12th April 2018.  It is the sole responsibility of the Proposer to ensure its Submission is received by the stated deadline.

 

Further details

Call for Proposals for Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Scheme (PDF)

Appendix 2 Call for Proposals Form (WORD)

Presentation from the Market Briefing held on 31st Jan 2018

 

 

 

31st Jan - Market Briefing - Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Scheme
  • Event Date - Wednesday 31st January 2018
  • Location - O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel, 1-4 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2 (Yeats Suite)
  • Time - 8.30am (proposed registration) 9.00 am start, finished by 10.30am
  • Speakers - Damien English T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, followed by representatives from Housing Agency & Local Authorities
  • RSVP - COB (5.30pm) Monday 29th January

 

Please RSVP and direct any queries in relation to the event to EnhancedSubmissions@ntma.ie

 

 

 

 

Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2017

January 2018

Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2017

The purpose of the Assessment is to count the total number of households qualified for social housing support to inform policy and plan for the right types of housing support.  It brings together information provided by local authorities about the numbers of households assessed as qualified for housing support on a prescribed date – 28th June 2017. 

The headline figure from the Assessment is ‘net need’ – that is the number of households qualifying for social housing support whose social housing need is not being met.  The net need figure from this Assessment is 85,799 households – this is a 6.3% decrease on the last count, undertaken in September 2016.

The report provides a breakdown of the data by set criteria – local authority, age, household composition, current tenure, basis of need, accommodation requirements, source of income, length of time on the list, etc.

Report on the Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2017 HERE

Click HERE to see the the headline figures for SSHA 2013, 2016 and 2017.

Please see Minister English's full statement HERE

 

 

 

 

Seminar 28th November 2017 - Homelessness: What Should the Future Priorities be?

 

Ireland 2040 Public Consultation - Housing Agency submission

Ireland 2040 Public Consultation - Housing Agency submission

The Housing Agency welcomes the National Planning Framework (NPF) and believes that the NPF can provide a vision and framework for the implementation of sustainable planning policy in the coming years and that it has a positive role to play in how we address our current housing crisis.

This submission by the Housing Agency sets out the Agency’s suggestions on the draft National Planning Framework (NPF) from a housing and housing related perspective. It follows on from the original submission on relevant planning issues for the NPF made by the Housing Agency in March 2017.

The submission is in four parts:

1. General recommendations including recommendations relating to some of the key points made in the Introduction to the NPF, Ireland 2040 - Overview and Key Messages;  

2. Housing related recommendations.

3. Summary of recommendations.

4. Further contact/information.

Please click here to see full submission

 
 
 
 
Expression of Interest - New Mortgage to Rent Scheme Long Term Lease Arrangements

Expression of Interest - New Mortgage to Rent Scheme Long Term Lease Arrangements

October 26th 2017

The Housing Agency is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified participants interested in entering into long term lease arrangements with local authorities for the provision of accommodation to eligible households under the Mortgage to Rent Scheme.

The closing date for receipt of EOI submissions is 5pm on the 21st December 2017.

Please click the link above for full details.

 

 

 

Press Release on Budget 2018

The Housing Agency welcomes Budget 2018.

The Housing Agency sees the following as the main areas of benefit following Budget 2018.

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI)

“The setting up of Home Building Finance Ireland with a €750 million fund for housing development will make a difference. This will assist in providing much needed funding to support housing development. The target should be to support home builders in delivering housing and bringing empty properties back into use.”

Affordable Housing

“The reintroduction of affordable housing both to rent and buy is very important. The initial allocation of €25m coupled with the use of local authority and state land can be an effective approach to provide affordable homes for those who cannot afford to rent or buy on the open market.”

Mortgage to Rent Scheme

“The increase to €22m of funding for the expansion of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme will allow many more households to remain in the homes.”

“We need to continue our focus on helping households in mortgage arrears.”

Taxation and Site Levies

“The changes to capital gains tax and the site levels will get land owners focused on making use of their land for housing delivery.”

“Tax reliefs for work on vacant homes to encourage owners to get them back into use is the type of initiative that the Housing Agency fully supports. We need to incentivise and support owners of these properties to get these vacant houses occupied again.”

To find more information on the Housing Agency please visit, www.housingagency.ie or go to the twitter page @HousingAgencyIE.

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency Annual Conference 2017 - Croke Park

Housing Agency host Annual Conference 2017 to discuss policies to future proof the Irish Housing Sector

28/06/2017

The Housing Agency today held its annual conference in Cork Park at which the topic Future Proofing Housing: Sustainable and Affordable homes for all was discussed by a panel of housing experts in the company of the new Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy T.D.

Speaking at the conference today Minister Murphy said; “It is a priority for this government that we continue to vigorously tackle the under lying problems in the Irish housing market. The Rebuilding Ireland programme is just over a year in operation and I will soon begin a review of that programme to ensure that we are doing all that we can to drive the change necessary in the sector. The Rebuilding Ireland plan is working but if there are lessons to be learned one year in we should learn them and move forward with the strongest possible programme that will deliver for families the length and breadth of this country. While we deal with the immediate challenges faced by families trying to find an affordable home today we must also look to the future to ensure that we can meet the challenges that lie ahead.  This mix of expert speakers here today is enormously useful in informing that future proofing policy work currently being undertaken by officials in my department.” 

Speaking at the conference today Chief Executive of the Housing Agency, John O’Connor said, “Each year the Housing Agency annual conference presents an opportunity for those of us tasked with implementing and informing government housing policy to hear from leading experts in the sector. This year’s conference has a forward looking theme. We will today examine the challenges in delivering affordable and sustainable communities in the future. Three years ago the Housing Agency held a summit bringing together a wide range of housing specialists to examine ways to increase housing supply in the short term. The recommendations that came from that summit directly impacted the future direction of government housing policy and we hope that this year’s conference will do the same. I am very much looking forward to hearing what our expert speakers have to say.”

Speakers at the 2017 conference today include: 

Dr. Conor Skehan, Chair of Housing Agency

Dr. Brian Hughes, Urban Economics and Demographic Consultant

Dr. David Duffy, Director, Property Industry Ireland

Dr Kieran Feighan, President of Engineers Ireland

Marian Finnegan, Chief Economist & Director of Research, Sherry Fitzgerald Group

Annual Housing Conference 28th June 2017 Presentations

For more information please visit www.housingagency.ie or visit www.twitter.com/housingagencyie.

 

 

Housing Agency launch on-line Affordability Calculator

Housing Agency launch on-line Affordability Calculator

for prospective renters and home owners

Housing Agency urge those in mortgage arrears to seek advice

9 May 2017

The Housing Agency today launched an on-line affordability calculator aimed at providing prospective renters and home owners with guidance on how much they can afford to spend on rent or mortgage repayments taking their individual financial circumstances into account.

The Housing Agency calculator is independent and easy to use. It can be found at: www.housingagency.ie

Speaking today at the launch of the on-line calculator at a Housing Agency lecture in Dublin Castle on “Engaging with Mortgage Arrears” John O’Connor Chief Executive of the Housing Agency said: “The ongoing housing cost for a household whether renting or paying a mortgage, needs to be affordable. In order to assist people, we are providing an online affordability calculator.”

Speaking at the Housing Agency lecture in Dublin Castle today Claire Feeney of the mortgage support services division in the Housing Agency said: “There is help available for people who find themselves in mortgage arrears. People in this situation should contact their lender or the Money Advice and Budging Service (MABS) or other support agencies to get access to the support they need. The State’s Mortgage to Rent Scheme has been reformed and is available to help more families and individuals who can no longer manage their mortgage repayments.”

The calculator was launched at the latest lecture in the Housing Agency’s quarterly lecture series. Speaking at the event today in Dublin Castle on the topic of mortgage arrears was Angela Black, CEO of the Citizens’ Information Board, Claire Feeney from the Housing Agency and Karl Deeter from Advisors.ie.

To find more information on the calculator, presentations from the lecture and the Housing Agency please visit, www.housingagency.ie. Or go to the twitter page @HousingAgencyIE.

 

 

 

 

Minister Simon Conveney Annouces Maynooth and Cobh as Rent Pressure Zones

Housing Agency Press Release on Rent Pressure Zones

30 Mar 2017

The Housing Agency acknowledges Minister Coveney’s announcement of the designation of two additional local electoral areas as Rent Pressure Zones, following recommendations from the Agency. 

These are the local electoral areas of Cobh in Cork and Maynooth in Kildare. This brings to 14 the number of local electoral areas, along with all of Dublin and Cork City, which have been designated as rent pressure zones. It is importation to appreciate that it is two local electoral areas that are designated. 

The Cobh local electoral area covers areas to the east and north of Cork City. The Maynooth electoral area covers a large portion of north Kildare, including Clane. The remaining areas of north Kildare covering Leixlip and Celbridge were designated in January. 

At this stage, approximately 60% of all rental properties nationally are in designated rent pressure zones. This gives tenants in rental properties and landlords greater certainty and predictability in relation to the maximum annual rent increases permitted. 

It is important that we support a strong viable and attractive rental sector that delivers affordable and high quality accommodation for tenants and a secure environment for landlords.

John O’Connor, CEO of the Housing Agency said that:

“It is important to recognise the increasingly important role that the rental sector must play in the supply of quality accommodation. The Agency will continue to work to achieve a stable and high quality rental market across the country.”

 

 

 

 

Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English TD published the fifth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments

Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English TD published the fifth annual progress report

21st of March

Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English TD, today (21st March 2017) published the fifth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments.  This reveals an “85% drop in the unfinished developments since 2010 from nearly 3000 to 420.  2016 alone saw the resolution of 248 developments”.

Minister English was speaking at the launch of the report that includes the results from the 2016 National Housing Development Survey which tracks progress on unfinished housing developments since 2010.  Among the key findings of this year’s survey are:

  • 85% decrease in the number of unfinished developments over the last 6 years;
  • 248 developments resolved in 2016;
  • 420 unfinished developments remaining;
  • 2,000 units currently being utilised for social housing purposes; and
  • All developments resolved in one local authority.

Minister English indicated that his objective is to resolve all remaining unfinished housing developments especially those within high market demand locations and strive for 100% turnaround. 

The Minister acknowledges the results of the 2016 survey which indicate that the parts of developments that are occupied are, in the vast amount of cases, now well established and finished to a good standard. South Dublin County Council is the first local authority area to have zero unfinished developments and the Minister wants to ensure that 2017 will see other local authorities following suit.

In line with the commitment in Rebuilding Ireland, the Department also intends to engage with the relevant local authorities and stakeholders to explore the range of strategic acquisition options available to local authorities to take up remaining, suitable and required vacant units.  In order to progress this action, each local authority will be actively seeking expressions of interest from developers, receivers etc. in order to acquire vacant or near complete units within appropriate developments for social housing purposes.

In conclusion, the Minister signalled that his “objective for the following year is to bring back vacant units into reuse for social housing purposes with the potential acquisition / leasing of 1,300 vacant units as a major objective for 2017”.

 

 

 

 

The National Statement of Housing Supply & Demand and Outlook of 2017 – 2018.

The National Statement of Housing Supply & Demand and Outlook of 2017 – 2018.

8th of Feb

The Housing Agency launched the second edition of the National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand  today in Dublin Castle. This brings together up to date information on housing trends for 2015 and 2016 while looks ahead to future demand.

This comes at a time when our economy is recovering and employment levels are rising. A sustainable housing system will be important to maintaining Ireland’s competitiveness.

Under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness a number of initiatives are now underway to help resolve the housing crisis. This Statement reports that while housing completions continue to rise, the rate of increase is still below supply requirements, particularly in urban areas, where affordability is also a problem.

New Builds  - The latest construction statistics, included in this report, indicate sufficient development land, a growth in construction activity and further progress in completion of unfinished estates.

Sales - Residential sales declined in 2016 for the first time in 4 years as house prices continue to increase, albeit at a slower pace than heretofore.

Rental Sector - Rents continue to rise throughout the country and reached new record levels in Dublin in 2016.  International and domestic analysis indicates an affordability problem in particular parts of the country including Dublin, urban areas and the East of the country. Policy and legislative changes have been introduced in the past two years to improve planning and stabilise the rental sector,

Current and Future Housing Demand - A growing population and smaller household sizes are contributing to demand while the population shift toward Dublin. Census 2016 information the report shows population growth around our major cities as well as age profile changes.

Policy and Legislation - During 2015 and 2016 a substantial number of legislative changes and Government initiatives were introduced in response to housing issues in Ireland. The key measures were in the areas of housing legislation, taxation changes, changes to mortgage lending rules and changes made to housing delivery channels.

The Housing Agency will launch its National Statement on Housing Supply & Demand at Georges Hall, Dublin Castle today (Tuesday 7th February) when the key speakers will be the Housing Agency’s Policy Director, David Silke, William Hynes Director of Future Analytics Consulting, David O’Connor, Director of the Housing Delivery Office and Rosalind Carroll, Director of the Rental Tenancies Board.

 

 

 

 

Call for Proposals for the Sale of Property Portfolios

Call for Proposals for the Sale of Property Portfolios

24 Jan 2017

The Housing Agency has been tasked with the acquisition of vacant housing for social housing use under the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. The Agency’s role in this regard is to engage with banks, investors and other potential owners of multiple property portfolios to acquire properties on a national basis. The Agency is therefore seeking proposals from Property Owners/ Builders/ Developers   for the sale of suitable properties. A multi property proposal should be for the sale of 3 or more properties.

Proposals are invited for the supply of multiple property portfolios of completed vacant houses or apartments that are fit for purpose, as per the requirements detailed in this brief, for social housing in all cities, towns and villages within the Republic of Ireland where a housing need exists.      

The Agency is not seeking expressions for individual properties. Any persons with individual properties should contact the relevant local authority to enquiry about purchases.

 

 

 

 

Summary of the Social Housing Needs Assessment 2016 Published

Summary of Social Housing Assessment 2016

The purpose of the Assessment is to count the total number of households qualified for social housing support to inform policy and plan for the right types of housing support.  It brings together information provided by local authorities about the numbers of households assessed as qualified for housing support on a prescribed date - 21 September 2016. 

The headline figure from the Assessment is ‘net need’ – that is the number of households qualifying for social housing support whose social housing need is not being met.  The net need figure from this Assessment is 91,600 households – this is a 1.9% increase on the last count, undertaken in 2013.

The report provides a breakdown of the data by set criteria – local authority, age, household composition, current tenure, basis of need, accommodation requirements, source of income, length of time on the list, etc.

 

 

 

 

Minister Coveney’s announcement of the Government’s Rental Strategy

Minister Coveney’s announcement of the Government’s Rental Strategy

 
13 Dec 2016

The Housing Agency welcomes Minister Coveney’s announcement of the Government’s Rental Strategy together with its package of actions designed to deliver a strong viable and attractive rental sector that delivers affordable and high quality accommodation for tenants and a secure, predictable investment environment for landlords and accommodation providers. We look forward to working with all parties on the assessment and implementation of Rent Pressure Zones described in the strategy.

Welcoming the launch John O’Connor, CEO of the Housing Agency said that:

It is important to recognise the increasingly important role that the rental sector must play in the supply of quality accommodation. This Rental Strategy addresses the key issues of the sector and takes action on rent inflation.

 

 

 

 

Housing design guidelines launched to assist those living with persistent mental health conditions

 

Housing design guidelines launched to assist those living with persistent mental health conditions

15 Nov 2016

Ireland takes lead in publishing housing design guidelines to encourage independent living for those with persistent mental health conditions

Today the Housing Agency together with the HSE launched first of its kind design guidelines for those providing accommodation for people living with persistent mental health conditions. This is the first time any such design guidelines targeting this cohort of the population have been produced anywhere in the world. The Housing Agency and the HSE have drawn together best practice in home design for people living with enduring and life altering mental health conditions into design guidelines to help facilitate independent living.

The guidelines can be used by anyone supporting those living with mental health conditions (e.g. health care professionals, architects, designers, builders, families, individuals, Local Authorities, Housing Bodies, etc). The aim is to help overcome some of the obstacles to and reduce the amount of assistance required for a person with a persistent mental health condition to maintain and run their home.

Some recommendations included in the guidelines are:

  1. Maximizing daylight, reducing noise exposure in the built environment (all of which can exacerbate mental health issues if not designed into homes)
  2. Ensuring natural elements such as plants and views of the natural environment from windows (can reduce stress and diminish cognitive fatigue)
  3. Low maintenance accommodation and gardens (reducing need for additional support)
  4. Monitored smoke, gas, heat, CO2 detector alarms (also controls with audio and touch based clues for ease of use)
  5. Use of appliances that are undemanding and straightforward to operate e.g one action to turn on and off
  6. Ensuring homes are located in diverse, active communities close to essential amenities and support services

Speaking at the launch of the report today Mr John O’Connor Chief Executive of the Housing Agency said the following: “This housing design guide is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Drawing on best practice and the experience of mental health experts and others we hope that this guide will make it easier for those living with enduring mental health conditions to live independently in our communities. We know that small changes in house design and layout can have a hugely positive impact on people living with Mental Health conditions. Over the past 10 years we have seen a huge change in how buildings have been modified to help those with physical disabilities to live independent lives. Now it’s time to bring that focus to support those living with mental health conditions so that they too can live independent lives in a safer environment.”

Speaking at the launch today Minister Helen McEntee T.D. said the following: “Government policy is to support those with enduring mental health conditions to move from congregated settings to live in the heart of their local communities. With these design guidelines Ireland is leading the way in focusing the minds and talents of people who support those with mental health conditions to create homes appropriate to their needs. Equipping people to live independent lives is at the core of government policy in this area”

Speaking at the launch today one of the report authors HSE occupational therapist Aine O’Reilly said the following; “I know from my work with people living with challenging mental health conditions that leading a fulfilling, independent life matters a great deal to many of them. I was also aware that no guidelines existed for architects, builders or designers to help guide them on how to best design and layout a home for this section of the population. This guide is the result of the work of a group of mental health professionals, architects, housing providers, service users and carers, assistive technologists and building project managers who worked with the aim of bringing together their expertise to address this information gap. We’re hoping this guide will be a practical design manual that will help hundreds of people with mental health conditions every year to live more fulfilling, independent and happier lives.”   

The Design for Mental Health - Housing Design Guidelines is available here

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency Autumn Lecture Series on Building Affordable and Sustainable Communities

Housing Agency Autumn Lecture Series on Building Affordable and Sustainable Communities

01 Nov 2016

On Tuesday 25 October 2016, the Housing Agency, held the second in its  Series of Autumn Lectures on the theme of ‘Building Affordable and Sustainable Communities’.  The keynote speaker was Terrie Alafat, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Dr Michelle Norris, Head of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice responded.

Housing is about more than bricks and mortar. The Housing Agency invited Terrie Alafat to address this keynote seminar at Dublin Castle. CIH was founded in 1916 and it was a fitting way to mark 100 years for CIH’s chief executive to reflect on our experience and to give her perspective on how to build sustainable communities.

 

 

 

 

Launch of Regulation Office 2015 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis

Launch of Regulation Office 2015 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis

19 Oct 2016

The Regulation Office at the Housing Agency has released its second Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis on the regulation of AHBs.The Annual Report provides key data and analysis on the AHB sector operating in Ireland based on individual regulatory assessment of 203 AHBs that completed a return. The analysis gives a clear picture of the AHB sector nationally, including information on housing stock, performance, governance and financial management.

 

 

 

 

Conference on Housing For Older People - Thinking Ahead

Conference on Housing For Older People - Thinking Ahead

11 Oct 2016

The Housing Agency today launched new research on housing for older people at a special symposium on housing in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

Speaking at the symposium today David Silke, Director of research at the Housing Agency said the following: “This new research is very valuable. We now for the first time have a detailed analysis of the housing market for older people which is important data for policy makers and other interested groups. By 2050 Ireland will be home to 458,000 people over the age of 80. Today only 130,000 people are over the age of 80 in this country.  There is a potential market for up to 100,000 purpose designed homes in Ireland and this represents €25 Billion worth of unmet need.”

The Research “Housing for older people – Thinking Ahead” was commissioned by the Housing Agency and Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange.  The research was undertaken by Gerard O’Neill, Amarach Research, with Dr Ronan Lyons (TCD), Dr Lorcan Sirr (DIT) and Keith Finglas Innovation Delivery.

Housing for Older People - Thinking Ahead Report

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCE: Collaboration and Partnering in Irish Construction Procurement

CONFERENCE: Collaboration and Partnering in Irish Construction Procurement

28 Sep 2016

Partnering and collaboration in the construction industry are initiatives to improve procurement and project delivery through early design team engagement, contractor involvement in design and cooperative client relationships. This leads to opportunities for value engineering and cost savings, more efficient use of technologies, and a systematic approach to identification and management of risks. Case Studies will be presented and the potential for collaboration to facilitate housing, infrastructure and commercial delivery will be explored.

Keynote: Professor David Mosey, Centre for Construction Law, King’s College London

Speakers: Darya Bahram, Architect & Arbitrator; Gerry Cahill, Architect & UCD Academic; Anthony Duffy, Head of Project Services, Transport Infrastructure Ireland; Louis Gunnigan, Director of Campus Planning, DIT Grangegorman; Richard Hayden, Project Manager, former Development & Technical Manager for London Borough of Hackney; Orla Hegarty, UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy; Malachy Mathews, DIT Department of Architectural Technology; Ralph Montague, ArcDox; Walter Menteth, Portsmouth School of Architecture; Graeme Tinney, Griffiths & Armour Insurance; Deirdre Ní Fhloinn, Irish Research Council Scholar, PhD candidate, TCD; Nia Stewart, Solicitor, Trowers & Hamlins; others panellists to be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency host Build-to-Rent Lecture

Housing Agency host Build-to-Rent Lecture

10th of September

Speakers at the lecture included Alexandra Notay, Independent Advisor and author of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build-to-Rent (2014 and 2016), Mr Aidan Culhane, chartered town planner advising on housing and planning matters at WK Nowlan Real Estate Advisors, and Niall Cussen, Principal Adviser of Planning in the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The lecture was chaired by Dr. Conor Skehan, Chairman of the Housing Agency.


Ms Notay, a renowned conference speaker on the subject of Build-to-Rent looked at US and UK Build-to-Rent models. She shared many ideas of the ULI and how the Build-to-Rent really works. She advised those in attendance of different models used in the UK and US, how these have a hugely positive effect on rents, confidence and a community. She stressed repeatedly, that the tenant must feel that they are renting the whole complex and not just their unit. During her presentation, she said, 


“Today we’re talking about the critically important ‘build-to-rent’ model – a distinct type of rental housing that is owned and operated in a new way, much more focussed around the tenant as a customer. Build to Rent, draws on the ‘multifamily’ model that is common in the US, but also reflects best practice from Europe. There’s a huge appetite in the UK for Build to Rent, from institutional investors who like the stable, long-term returns from this asset class, but also from Local Authorities who see it as an effective way of delivering much-needed housing supply across a range of tenures, at scale and to a high quality standard.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government launches the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government launches the

19 Jul 2016

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government launches the  “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness”, following Government approval of the comprehensive and ambitious Plan at today’s Cabinet meeting.  He was joined by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe.

This Plan provides a multi-stranded, action-oriented approach to achieving many of the Government’s key housing objectives, as set down in the Programme for a Partnership Government, to significantly increase the supply of social housing, to double the output of overall housing from the current levels to at least 25,000 per annum by 2020, to service all tenure types, and to tackle homelessness in a comprehensive manner.

This whole-of-Government Plan has been developed in close collaboration with other key Government Departments and Agencies, under the oversight of a dedicated Cabinet Committee chaired by An Taoiseach. The Plan was also informed by the Report of the Special Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness (published on 17th June), as well as through extensive consultation with stakeholders, including at two national stakeholder events hosted by both  Ministers Coveney and Damien English earlier this month.

The Plan is comprehensive and addresses all aspects of the housing system under five Pillars:

  • Address Homelessness,
  • Accelerate Social Housing,
  • Build More Homes,
  • Improve the Rental sector, and
  • Utilise Existing Housing.

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency Annual Conference 2016, Achieving Affordability

Housing Agency Annual Conference 2016, Achieving Affordability

26 May 2016

The Housing Agency Annual Conference recently took place in Dublin Castle. The Conference focused on ‘Achieving Affordability’ in the delivery of housing supply in Ireland. Over three sessions: past, present and future; the conference heard from prominent speakers about the challenges and opportunities for a new Government in delivering affordable, quality homes in sustainable communities. Presentations on the day were filmed and these will be uploaded in the coming days. You can view speaker presentation slides here: 

John O'Connor - Housing Agency Chief Executive Click here to view presentation


Karl Deeter - Advisors.ie Click here to view presentation


Michael Culloty - MABS Click here to view presentation


Marian Finnegan - Sherry Fitzgerald Click here to view presentation

Tom Dunne - DIT  Click Here to view presentation


Brain Moran - Hines Ireland Click here to view presentation


Dr. Michelle Norris - UCD Click here to view presentation


Prof. Paddy Gray - University of Ulster Click here to view presentation

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency submissions to the Oireachtas on Housing and Homelessness Committee

Housing Agency submissions to the Oireachtas on Housing and Homelessness Committee

23 May 2016

Submissions to the Oireachtas on Housing and Homelessness Committee

Housing and Homelessness Committee submission here.

Vacant Homes Paper here.

Review of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme here.

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency to hold a workshop on New Design Standards for Apartments

Housing Agency to hold a workshop on New Design Standards for Apartments

05 Feb 2016

The Housing Agency is convening a workshop to examine the details of the recently published Design Standards for New Apartments. This workshop will be held on March 1st and it will see experts from across the sector coming together to examine the implications of the guidelines.

The Housing Agency issues evidence based advice and recommendations and this workshop will contribute to the understanding of the guidelines. For more information about this please contact communications@housing.ie.

 

 

 

 

Minister Paudie Coffey published the fourth annual progress report of unfinished housing developments

Minister Paudie Coffey published the fourth annual progress report of unfinished housing development

 
16 Dec 2015

STATEMENT BY Paudie Coffey, T.D.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020

Wednesday 16th December 2015

“Reactivation of sites is increasing, minimal level of ‘unfinished’ developments remaining”

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020, Paudie Coffey, TD, today published the fourth annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments which reveals a “75% drop in the unfinished developments since 2010 from nearly 3000 to 668 and 324 developments resolved in 2015 alone”.

Minister Coffey was speaking at the launch of the report which also includes the results from the 2015 National Housing Development Survey which tracks progress on unfinished housing developments since 2010.  Among the key findings of this year’s survey are:

  • 75% decrease in the number of unfinished developments over 5 years;
  • 324 developments resolved in 2015; and
  • Reactivation of sites is now evident throughout the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Request for Submissions - Official Languages Act 2003

Request for Submissions - Official Languages Act 2003

17 Nov 2015

Request for Submissions - Official Languages Act 2003

Preparation of a Draft Language Scheme by the Housing Agency

The Housing Agency proposes to draft a language scheme in accordance with the Official Languages Act 2003. The primary objective of the Act is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish.

The Housing Agency invites submissions in relation to the preparation of the draft scheme from any interested parties.

Information on the Act is available on the External link Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht website.

 

 

 

 

 

The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015 - 2017

The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015 - 2017

29 Jul 2015

 

Increasing Demand for Housing Requires Significant Increase in Supply of Housing

The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015-17 finds supply and demand balance a key challenge

As part of a wide suite of initiatives addressing housing supply which have been underway since the publication of Construction 2020, this Statement is the first of a series of annual reports which will inform how Ireland meets demand for housing into the future.

The Housing Agency today released its first National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014, and Outlook for 2015-17.

The National Statement provides key data and analysis on the housing supply and demand trends in Ireland as well as an overview of future housing requirements. The analysis gives clear insights into housing in Ireland and presents the most up-to-date information available in relation to housing supply and demand which will keep key housing initiatives on track and ensure we have accurate data about how housing needs are being met on an annual basis. The report shows that while the housing sector is showing signs of recovery, the pace of demand is growing faster than supply.

Click here for full Press Release

Click here for  The National Statement on Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook 2015-2017

 

 

 

 

 

Increasing Demand for Housing Requires Significant Increase in Supply of Housing

Increasing Demand for Housing Requires Significant Increase in Supply of Housing

29 Jul 2015

Increasing Demand for Housing Requires Significant Increase in Supply of Housing

The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015-17 finds supply and demand balance a key challenge

29 July 2015

As part of a wide suite of initiatives addressing housing supply which have been underway since the publication of Construction 2020, this Statement is the first of a series of annual reports which will inform how Ireland meets demand for housing into the future.

The Housing Agency today released its first National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014, and Outlook for 2015-17.

The National Statement provides key data and analysis on the housing supply and demand trends in Ireland as well as an overview of future housing requirements. The analysis gives clear insights into housing in Ireland and presents the most up-to-date information available in relation to housing supply and demand which will keep key housing initiatives on track and ensure we have accurate data about how housing needs are being met on an annual basis. The report shows that while the housing sector is showing signs of recovery, the pace of demand is growing faster than supply.

Key findings and analysis from the first National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand include the following:

 

  • Demand for housing will continue to increase in accordance with population trends and a reduction in household sizes
  • Supply of new housing needs to increase to meet demand, with supply and demand balance a key challenge
  • Affordability is an issue for households in the greater Dublin area, renters and single person households
  • House prices have increased, particularly in the Dublin area with the median price nationally being €152,000 (up from €140,000 in 2013) and €260,000 in Dublin (up from €220,000 in 2013)
  • Rental prices have also increased, particularly for apartments, nationally rents are 6.9% higher in Q1 2015 compared with Q1 2014  (9.6% higher in Dublin and 5.3% higher outside Dublin)
  • Mortgage Arrears and Negative Equity remains a serious concern, with a total of 110,366 mortgages in arrears at the end of 2014
  • The population is at its highest in 150 years at 4.5 million people, and housing demand is high as a result

 

 

 

 

 

Launch of Regulation Office Annual Report 2014 and Financial Standard

Launch of Regulation Office Annual Report 2014 and Financial Standard

 
14 Jul 2015
  • New report provides full overview of the AHB sector for the first time
  • In one year 194 Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) signed up for Regulation
  • 80% of all AHB social housing stock now protected by Regulation
  • 23,831 tenants' homes protected
  • More robust Financial Regulation being introduced to enable investment and further supply of social homes.

The Regulation Office at the Housing Agency released its first Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis on the regulation of AHBs today. The Annual Report highlights the importance of regulation and explains how regulation is necessary to facilitate the delivery of more social housing. The Annual Report provides, for the first time, key data and analysis on the AHB sector operating in Ireland based on individual regulatory assessment of 142 AHBs. The analysis gives a clear picture of the AHB sector nationally, including information on housing stock, performance, governance and financial management.

Key findings from the first Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis include:

  • 80% of all AHB housing stock or 23,831 tenants' homes are now protected through Regulation
  • 194 AHBs are now signed up to  regulation
  • The Regulation Office carried out regulatory assessments on 142 organisations
  • These AHBs are performing well against the regulatory standards
  • The sectoral analysis shows that the sector is a significant employer with over 2,500 employees.
  • Significant investment has been made by the State in the sector with over €1.7 Billion provided in capital grants to the larger AHBs alone
  • A low level of debt, with larger AHBs having a debt per unit of less than €3k, together with sound operating margins of 17%, means that the sector is well positioned to leverage further private investment to supply more homes

 

 

 

 

 

Minister Kelly welcomes cut to variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers

Minister Kelly welcomes cut to variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers

17 Jun 2015

Minister Kelly welcomes cut to variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers

15/06/15

Minister Kelly welcomes cut to variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers


Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (15 June, 2015) welcomed the 0.20% cut to the variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers.

This latest reduction follows a decision taken by the Board of the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) on Friday (12 June) to decrease its variable mortgage interest rate charged to local authorities by 0.20%. Local authorities have been instructed by the Department of the environment, Community and Local Government to pass the reduction on directly to their borrowers.

The current variable mortgage interest rate of 2.75% is already around 1.5% lower than standard variable mortgage rate and is the lowest rate available currently in the domestic mortgage market.  This new rate cut will bring the variable mortgage interest rate charged to local authority borrowers down to 2.55% with effect from 1 July.

“I am pleased with the HFA decision to reduce its rate, and that this is being passed on in full to local authority borrowers. The reduction will have real meaning for 13,700 households with a local authority variable mortgage. The saving amounts to €17 per month on a typical mortgage of €100,000”, the Minister said.

The Minister also welcomed the HFA’s decision to reduce its non-mortgage variable lending rate by 0.25% with effect from 1 July 2015. 

“I also very much welcome the HFA’s decision to reduce its non-mortgage variable lending rate by 0.25% also from 1 July.  This rate cut will benefit local authorities who use these loans to finance local authority social housing schemes. The cut will save local authorities approximately €7.5 million per annum. This HFA move will directly assist in increasing social housing supply and achieving the delivery targets the Government has set out in  Social Housing Strategy 2020”.

 

 

 

 

 

Ministers Kelly & Coffey Announce €91 Million Housing Investment – Minister Kelly

Ministers Kelly & Coffey Announce €91 Million Housing Investment – Minister Kelly

28 May 2015

Ministers Kelly & Coffey Announce €91 Million Housing Investment – Minister Kelly

28/05/15

Investment in Refurbishing, Energy Efficiency and Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly TD and Minister of State for Housing & Planning, Paudie Coffey TD have  today (28 May, 2015) announced over €91 million worth of housing investment.

The funding will be used across a range of housing schemes to make more social housing available and to improve housing for people with disabilities, as well as retrofitting homes to improve energy efficiency.

Over 1,000 vacant social housing units will be refurbished and tenanted by people on the social housing waiting list at a cost of over €20 million countrywide. Dublin City and Cork City are receiving the largest allocations, with priority going to families facing homelessness. Funding was allocated to the local authorities with the greatest potential to deliver units quickly and address needs. Over 2,300 units were brought on stream last year with an average cost of refurbishment of €11,277.

A further €50.5 million will be made available for Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses. . This will allow extensions to be built for people with a disability as well as housing adaptations to improve mobility aid (such as stair lifts, access ramps etc.) with more funding set to come later in the year.  A further €11 million will be made available for local authority house adaptations and extensions to meet the needs of tenants with a disability and to deal with overcrowding.

Meanwhile Minister Kelly has made available a further €20 million for the improvement of local authority houses to make them more energy efficient.  This programme continues to sustain and create jobs while making a significant contribution to Ireland’s carbon emissions reduction targets and energy reduction targets for 2020, resulting in warmer homes and lower energy bills for local authority tenants.

As part of the EU Operational Programme 2014-2020, the energy efficiency works on social housing will attract funding under the ERDF.  This will see EU co-financing of 50% of eligible public investment under these programmes.

 

 

 

 

 

Government Strengthens Framework to Support Mortgage Holders in Arrears

Government Strengthens Framework to Support Mortgage Holders in Arrears

13 May 2015

The Government has agreed a number of new measures to support mortgage holders who are in arrears.   Building on action already taken, the measures aim to increase the supports available to people in arrears and to increase the numbers of people availing of them.

In a major reform of the Personal Insolvency framework, the Government has agreed to give Courts the power to review and, where appropriate, to approve insolvency deals that have been rejected by banks.  The Government will legislate to give effect to this change before the Summer recess.  This is expected to see more cases processed to a successful outcome through the Personal Insolvency framework.   The process seeks to ensure that fair and sustainable deals are upheld for struggling borrowers willing to work their way out of difficulties with a view to keeping their family home.

Court rules and procedures will also be streamlined to guide more cases towards the Insolvency Service, building on existing measures to allow cases to be adjourned so that a defendant can engage with a Personal Insolvency Practitioner, and to assist people who are unfamiliar with Court rules and proceedings.

A number of other measures have been agreed.

The Mortgage to Rent scheme will be expanded, including in particular by increasing the property value thresholds that apply.  A number of other flexibilities will also be introduced, making the scheme more accessible.

The Government has also agreed that the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) will play a greater role in offering information, advice and assistance to borrowers in arrears.  Additional services to provide assistance in identifying the best options, completing financial statements and considering proposed solutions will be rolled out by MABS offices on a phased basis, following a process of engagement with the Citizens Information Board and MABS.  This will ensure that borrowers have access to information on the range of supports and options available, advice on the ones most suited to their needs, and assistance in pursuing such options, where necessary.  MABS will be working closely with the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI).

Speaking after today’s Government meeting, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, said:
“The Government is committed to helping people in arrears to reach sustainable solutions and engagement between lenders and mortgage holders has resulted in 115,000 solutions.

“The major reforms agreed at today’s Cabinet meeting are designed to help more people to access the supports, options and solutions available and, in particular to support mortgage holders in long term arrears.  I am confident that the new powers available to the Courts will help to underpin the credibility of the Insolvency Service and encourage more deals to be reached”.

Commenting on the new Insolvency measure, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, said:

“ The new provision for independent review by the courts is an important reform to protect distressed mortgage-holders from any unfair lack of cooperation from their banks when it comes to seeking to agree a personal insolvency solution.
 
“This reform will provide a better balance between the interest of banks and those facing unsustainable mortgages.
 
“It will ensure that personal insolvency legislation can work as it was intended to.

I have instructed my officials to finalise the legislative provisions required so that these changes can be brought forward as amendments to the Personal Insolvency Amendment Bill 2014 which is currently awaiting Report Stage in the Dáil.”

Announcing the changes to the Mortgage-to-rent scheme, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government said:

“I welcome all of these measures that will assist borrowers in distressed situations.

“Specifically on Mortgage-to-Rent, these new measures are designed to improve access to the scheme. The new thresholds make it more flexible and accessible.  While they represent an important development, the mortgage-to-rent scheme is designed for those who are willing to give up ownership of their home and convert it to social housing.

“The priority of Government would be that people retain full ownership of their homes. However, for those who have an unsustainable mortgage, it will provide a vital solution or option that allows people to dispose of their mortgage while still remaining in their own homes. I also look forward to seeing the bankruptcy legislation as proposed by Deputy Willie Penrose progressed to the Finance Committee in a timely fashion."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020, Paudie Coffey, TD, today published the third annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments 2014

Third annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments

STATEMENT BY Paudie Coffey, T.D.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020

Monday 22nd December 2014

“Government is moving into the final phase of tackling unfinished housing developments”

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020, Paudie Coffey, TD, today published the third annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments which reveals a “two thirds drop in the unfinished developments since 2010 from nearly 3000 to 992 and 271 developments resolved in 2014 alone”.

Minister Coffey was speaking at the launch of the report which also includes the results from the 2014 National Housing Development Survey which tracks progress on unfinished housing developments since 2010.  Among the key findings of this year’s survey are:

  • 65% decrease in the number of unfinished developments;
  • 81% decrease in the number of vacant homes in remaining unfinished developments;
  • 271 developments resolved in 2014; and
  • First recorded increase in construction activity on unfinished developments in four years.

Of the 992 unfinished developments identified in the 2014 survey, Minister Coffey indicated that his objective is to resolve as many more developments as possible with a particular focus on the 766 of these developments with residents.

The Minister also highlighted the impact of the Budget 2014 Special Resolution Fund under which €6.75 million has now been drawn down by local authorities benefitting many more residents. The Minister added that due to the success of the SRF in 2014:

“the momentum created in 2014 will be continued with an allocation of a further €3.35 million for 2015”.

The Minister also highlighted the completion of the Public Safety Initiative stating that:

“because applications for such funding have dwindled to a trickle, further indicating progress on this front. I intend to discontinue the scheme in 2014 as it has achieved its objectives.”

In conclusion, the Minister signalled that work in this area is reaching the final phase and he hoped that further substantial progress would be evident in the year ahead stating that:

 “my objective for 2015 is to secure the resolution of as many more developments as possible and I assure you that I will not spare any of my energy in making that aspiration a reality.”

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Minister Alan Kelly & Minister Paudie Coffey launch the Social Housing Strategy 2020

Environment Minister Alan Kelly & Minister Paudie Coffey launch the Social Housing Strategy 2020

26 Nov 2014

Ministers Kelly and Coffey launch - ‘Social Housing Strategy 2020: Support, Supply and Reform’

Download the Social Housing Strategy 2020

The Strategy commits to;
  • supplying 35,000 additional social housing units at a cost of €3.8 billion over the next 6 years;
  • Estimated 29,000 Jobs in construction and promotion of mixed-tenure developments
  • meeting the housing needs of some 75,000 households through local authority provision via the private rented sector - using Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Scheme;
  • reforming social housing delivery and management in Ireland,
  • establishing the Dublin Social Housing Delivery Taskforce,  to respond to the current supply difficulties and focus on the delivery of social housing in the Dublin area, and
  • sets out road map to accommodate everyone on the Housing Waiting Lists by 2020 (90,000 households)

The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D. together with his colleague Paudie Coffey T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government today (26 November, 2014) launched the ‘Social Housing Strategy 2020: Support, Supply and Reform’, a Government commitment under Construction 2020.

At the launch, Minister Kelly said “This six-year Social Housing Strategy sets out to fully meet this Government’s ambitious goals. In committing to provide 35,000 new social housing units at a cost of €3.8 bn, it makes a fresh start for social housing in Ireland. One of the  main priorities for this Government is to address the challenge of providing social housing for the people of this country This Strategy sets out how we will achieve this priority.   The Strategy restores the State to a central role in the provision of social housing through a resumption of direct building on a significant scale by local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. It emphasises the State’s lead role in building partnerships with other public, voluntary and private providers of housing in the development of innovative funding mechanisms that do not increase the General Government Debt. “

The Minister explained that the Social Housing Strategy will provide for a more economic, sustainable, progressive and integrated approach to social housing delivery in Ireland.  The Strategy provides the basis for an enhanced approach to social housing provision and contains clear actions to be taken to increase supply and most importantly, reduce the number of people on waiting lists. The measures in the Strategy build on and complement Budget 2015, which provided for a multi-annual approach to the provision of social housing with a considerable increase in Exchequer investment and proposals for innovative funding approaches to increase supply.

Minister of State Coffey said The Strategy builds on work initiated under Construction 2020. It will underpin a more financially sustainable and integrated Social Housing Sector which is more responsive to people’s need. It will also assist in the recovery of a strong and sustainable construction sector”.

Minister of State Coffey continued, saying that he welcomed “the road map that the strategy will accommodate the entire housing waiting list of 90,000 households, with homes in which they can raise their families, by 2020”.

The Government’s vision as outlined in the Strategy is that every household will have access to secure, good quality housing suited to their needs at an affordable price in a sustainable community and is founded on a three Pillar approach:

Pillar 1: Provision of New Social Housing Supply.

Pillar 2: Providing Housing Supports through the Private Rental Sector. 

Pillar 3: Reform Creating More Flexible and Responsive Social Housing Supports in Ireland.

The first two Pillars will address the immediate supply shortage and well as creating a sustainable approach which aims to accommodate everyone (90,000 households) on the Housing Waiting Lists by 2020. While Pillar 3 includes a range of actions to ensure that social housing supports are responsive to people’s current needs as well as to changes in their circumstances.

The Strategy is based on a multi-annual approach to delivery over two phases, with an additional cost to the Exchequer over the 6 years at an estimated €3.8bn. It will signal a movement towards ‘Off Balance Sheet Delivery Mechanisms’ based on greater use of and access to private finance.

Phase 1: Target of 18,000 additional housing units and 32,000 HAP/RAS units by end of 2017.

Phase 2: Target of 17,000 additional housing units and 43,000 HAP/RAS units by end of 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRTB reports on the Future of Private Rented Sector and Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector

PRTB reports on the Future of Private Rented Sector and Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector

23 Oct 2014

'Rent Stability in the Private Rental Sector’ is the first of two studies on the private rental market. The report was prepared for the Housing agency on behalf of the Private Residential Tenancies Board. The report addresses areas such as rent stability, rent supplements, taxation, and rent regulation.

Future of the Private Rented Sector: Download

Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector: Download

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement from The Housing Agency Responding to the figures and commentary by the ESRI

Statement from The Housing Agency Responding to the figures and commentary by the ESRI

Statement from The Housing Agency Responding to the figures and commentary by the ESRI

06 Aug 2014

Wednesday 6th August 2014: The Housing Agency, the Government’s advisory body on housing, has re-iterated its forecast that a minimum of 79,660 residential units are required in urban areas to support Ireland’s population over the next five years.

The Housing Agency’s recent detailed analysis focused on urban centres in each county, using CSO statistics, projected population trends, and the rate of vacant dwellings in each location to provide an in-depth projection of housing needs.

            “Our research is based on where the population will require housing in urban centres as opposed to a county-wide level as the ESRI have done,” said John O’Connor, CEO of the Housing Agency.  “Take for example an urban centre such as Cork City.  We looked at the potential demand for housing in Cork City and we factored in the present vacancy rates in Cork City to generate the projected housing requirement in Cork City. Vacant housing in other parts of County Cork such as Bantry will not address the requirement in Cork City.  The ESRI research focuses on the entire county, and offsets demand in Cork City against vacancy rates in Bantry.  This does not provide a clear picture of the housing need for Cork City.”

The Housing Agency’s report, Housing Supply Requirements in Ireland’s Urban Settlements 2014 – 2018 can be downloaded from the website

The Housing Agency report forecasts that 47% of the total supply (37,581) is required in the Dublin region, with 5,663 housing units required in 2014 which rises to an annual requirement of 8,970 in 2018.  Outside of Dublin, the study identifies varying requirements in other cities. Cork City and suburbs will see a yearly demand rising to 1,469 units by 2018. In Galway and Limerick, both cities will experience a shortfall in housing requirements in 2015 but will require a total of 2,316 and 2,635 units respectively over the subsequent years to 2018.

The study also considered household sizes into the future in the Dublin region and found that over the next four years, 57% of new households will be 1 or 2 persons with a further 18% will be 3 person households. Three quarters of all households over the period to 2018 will be for three people or less.

 

 

 

 

Housing Agency Summit

Housing Agency Summit To Address Need For Greater Housing Certainty

Housing Agency Summit

18 May 2014

The Housing Agency, the State’s advisory body on housing policy and practice, will hold a Housing Summit in early June to address short-term measures to bring greater stability and certainty to the housing market.


The Summit will bring together senior decision-makers from policy, practice, finance and industry. It will focus on the key themes of availability and affordability and the need to fast-track measures to improve the supply of new homes.

Read the press release here

 

 

 

 

Housing and Disability Sectoral Information Session

 

Housing and Disability Sectoral Information Session

02 May 2014

In advance of the replacement of the Protocol for the Provision of Housing for People with a Disability with the National Guidelines for the Assessment and Allocation Process for Housing Provision for People with a Disability, it has been agreed to convene four sectoral information sessions/workshops

For more information click here

For the Registration Form click here

For the Programme Schedule click here

 

 

 

 

New Report Projects Housing Needs to 2018

New Report Projects Housing Needs to 2018

04 Apr 2014

The expert report forecasts a minimum required supply of 79,660 residential units in urban areas to support the population between 2014 and 2018, an average equivalent of 15,932.  The per annum requirement across the country ranges from 9,526 units in 2014 to 20,853 units in 2018.

 

Click here to read the Report

Click here to veiw the Summary Table

Click here to read the Press Release

 

 

 

 

Minister O’Sullivan welcomes first meeting of Interim Regulation Committee for AHBs

Minister O’Sullivan welcomes first meeting of Interim Regulation Committee for AHBs

05 Feb 2014

The first meeting of the Interim Regulation Committee for Approved Housing Bodies was held at the Housing Agency on Wednesday February 5th, 2014. In attendance to welcome the new committee was Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan.

The interim committee will monitor the implementation of the voluntary regulation code for approved housing bodies (AHBs) and will oversee the assessment of participating AHBs in relation to their financial viability, management and government.

The interim committee is a committee under the Housing Agency. A team at the Housing Agency, headed by Rosalind Carroll will be responsible for managing the regulatory function.

The committee will also report to the Minister on the development of a statutory regulatory system over the next few years.

The interim regulatory committee is chaired by Dr. Jennie Donald (Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations). The other members of the interim committee are Dr. Oonagh Breen (Sutherland School of Law, UCD), Michael Cameron (Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator), Martina Deans (Tenant Representative), Ann Marie Farrelly (Director of Housing, Fingal County Council), Ronan Heavey (Department of Finance), Gerry Hunt (Chartered Accountant), Eddie Lewis (IPA, Housing Policy Lecturer), Donal McManus (Chief Executive, Irish Council for Social Housing), Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes (TCD, School of Business) and Damian Allen (Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government).

 

Link to Voluntary Regulatory Code here

Link to DECLG press release here

 

 

 

 

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes Report of the Review Group on the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes Report of the Review Group on the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes

09 Jan 2014

Minister O'Sullivan publishes report of the Review Group on the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability.

The Department of the Environment Community and Local Government requested a review group of local authority officials to examine the Housing Grants Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability. The terms of reference of the group were to examine the current housing grants (private houses) for Older People and People with a Disability and to make recommendations as to how the grants could be made more focused and targeted to those most in need.

Download the Report

 

 

 

 

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes the Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2013

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes the Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2013

On 18th December 2013, the Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, published the Summary of Housing Assessments 2013.

The assessment is a count by housing authorities of households qualified for social housing support within their functional areas.  

Key findings include:

  • 89,872 households were assessed as qualified for housing support as of 7th May 2013.
  • Single person households made up the largest household type (44%) followed by single adults with a child or children (30%)
  • Half (52%) of those who qualified for housing support had their main need categorised as ‘dependent on rent supplement’
  • The assessment contains, for the first time, more detailed information in relation to different types of disability
  • A quarter (24%) of households qualified for social housing support in the twelve months before the assessment, one-fifth (20%) did so more than five years ago.

Press release

Download Report

 

 

 

 

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes the 2013 National Housing Survey for Unfinished Housing Developments

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes the 2013 National Housing Survey for Unfinished Housing Developments

28 Nov 2013

 

On 28th November, the Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD,  launched the 2013 National Housing Development Survey.

The survey has been tracking the extent and condition of unfinished housing developments since 2010. 

Among the key findings of this year’s survey are:

  • A decrease of more than half in the number of unfinished developments since 2010
  • Only 6.57% of dwellings surveyed in 2013 remain vacant down from 9.09% in 2012.
  • 553 developments effectively resolved in past 12 months

                                2013 Overall Survey Results

                                2013 National Figures by County

                                2013 Individual County Figures

                                2013 Developments surveyed & to remain in database

Progress Report 2013

The annual Progress Report on the Unfinished Housing Developments was launched by Ms. Jan O'Sullivan, T.D., Minister for Housing and Planning on the 28th November, 2013.

 

                                2013 Progress Report on Unfinished Housing Developments

                                Examples of  Progress Report on Unfinished Housing Developments 2013

 

 

 

 

Minister O’Sullivan Publishes Comprehensive Review of Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000 and Seeks Views On Future Direction

Minister O’Sullivan Publishes Comprehensive Review of Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000

30 Jul 2013

The review follows on from a commitment in the Government’s 2011 Housing Policy Statement to review the operation of the scheme.  The Minister is seeking views on the review by 27th September next. The review was carried out by DKM Economic Consultants, with Brady Shipman Martin, for the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency.

The Minister stated that “this review of the social and affordable elements of Part V is comprehensive and clearly sets out the options for the future.  This element of Part V was a positive initiative in terms of delivering affordable housing, but not without flaws.  It delivered just over 15,000 units from 2002-2011 representing 4% of all dwellings constructed during the period.  The mechanism played an important role in capturing planning gain, however, it didn’t deliver on its full potential regarding mixed tenure and social integration goals. 

 “In 2009 an 80% Land Rezoning Tax was introduced and any decision regarding the future of Part V has to be cognisant of this new policy instrument.  In deciding on the future of Part V I want to ensure that the objective of delivering mixed tenure and social integration is maintained in a way that delivers for the community".

 “The review sets out six options for the future – ranging from abolition or suspension to a new inclusionary zoning model.  I am seeking people’s views on these options by 27 September before finalising a decision on the future of the social and affordable aspects of Part V.”

Read: Review of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 - Consultation Document

 

 

 

 

NAMA & Social Housing: Good Progress in First 3 Months of 2013

NAMA & Social Housing: Good Progress in First 3 Months of 2013

30 Apr 2013

 

The first three months of 2013 saw contracts signed or transactions completed in relation to a further 110 properties made available by NAMA for social housing, including both houses and apartments[i]

This brings the total delivered under this initiative to end-March 2013 to 339.  Of this total transactions are complete in relation to 263 properties and contracts are signed in relation to 76 other units, where finishing out works are underway. Further detail on the transactions under the initiative in the first quarter of 2013 is available at www.housing.ie/NAMA

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, welcomed today’s announcement.  “The first three months of 2013 saw good progress in securing additional NAMA units for social housing.  60 transfers were finalised and these houses and apartments will now provide high-quality, secure social housing for families in need of housing.  In addition contracts in relation to 50 other homes were completed and works are now underway to prepare these properties for tenants.  All partners contributing to this process, NAMA, the Housing Agency, the approved housing body sector and my own Department, are working together to ensure that progress continues in 2013.”

Brendan McDonagh, Chief Executive, NAMA said“NAMA has identified over 4,000 houses and apartments that could potentially be suitable  for social housing and of this number local authorities have confirmed demand in respect of over 1,500 properties to date.  The progress that is now being made in terms of delivering these houses and apartments reflects the positive engagement between all those involved in this process. 

“This is exemplified by the significant work undertaken in the second half of 2012, including the establishment by NAMA of a Special Purpose Vehicle and substantial agreement on standardised lease terms.  We are now seeing the positive impact of this work, which is underlined by the fact that in recent weeks NABCO became the first approved housing body to enter into an agreement to lease properties from the NAMA SPV under the lease terms.  We believe that this is an example of what can be achieved under this initiative.  NAMA is committed to delivering as many social housing properties as is feasible and will continue to work assiduously with the Minister and our partners in the Department of the Environment,  the Housing Agency, local authorities and approved housing bodies to achieve our shared objective in this regard”.

The Housing Agency is working with local authorities and approved housing bodies to co-ordinate the delivery of social housing. The Agency is ensuring that as many suitable homes as possible from the NAMA portfolio are secured. Chief Executive, John O’Connor, said “We must continue to provide as many homes as we can from NAMA. The investment in finishing off and occupying vacant housing is of benefit both to individual families and the wider community.”



[i] NAMA, in conjunction with the Minister for Housing and Planning, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Housing Agency, Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies, is working to facilitate the sale or lease of NAMA debtor or receiver residential properties for social housing purposes.  NAMA, working closely with these bodies, has also established a special purpose company to take ownership of properties where there is an established demand – thereby enabling the direct negotiation of leases with local authorities and approved housing bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

New Housing Delivered in Moyross, Limerick

New Housing Delivered in Moyross, Limerick

04 Mar 2013

The Housing Agency was extensively involved in the first new housing project to be completed as part of the Limerick Regeneration Programme.  Keys were handed over to the tenants of Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick on 25th February, 2013.

The Housing Agency Professional and Technical Services original involvement with this project included design services up to planning stage and procurement of a Design and Build contractor following a competitive tender and subsequent Project Management services including acting as Employer’s Representative throughout the construction and handover phases.

The project consists of 34 units, including 21 one and two bedroom sheltered apartments for older residents and 13 two and three storey three bedroom family houses.  The new project has achieved a Building Energy Rating of A3 and has a geo-thermal district heating system.

View Photos: Cliona Park, Moyross

 

 

 

 

Community Liaison Service Sought for Sligo

Community Liaison Service Sought for Sligo

12 Feb 2013

The planning stage of the regeneration is now being advanced.  A Community Liaison person is required to work closely with local residents, community representatives and stakeholder groups in progressing the planning and implementation of the physical and social regeneration.  


Read a detailed specification [PDF 51kb]

Download press Advertisement in the Sligo Champion [PDF 678kb]

How to Tender

Tenderers shall submit one (1) electronic copy (on CD) and three (3) bound hard copies of their tender submission in a sealed envelope addressed to:
 

David Silke,
Housing Agency,
2nd Floor,
Cumberland House,
Fenian Street,
Dublin 2


Proposals should be clearly marked:
“Sligo Regeneration Independent Community Liaison Service”

 

 

 

 

Significant Increase In Social Dividend From Nama Properties On Track For 2013

Significant Increase In Social Dividend From Nama Properties On Track For 2013

31 Jan 2013

Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today stated she expected a significant increase in the number of NAMA properties selected and delivered for social housing in 2013.  NAMA has been working in partnership with the Department to identify properties that may be suitable for social housing.

Minister O’Sullivan was speaking at Scotch Hall in Drogheda where she visited families who have moved into properties provided as a result of this engagement with NAMA. The 15 properties in Drogheda are owned and managed by Túath Housing Association. To date, Túath has acquired a total of 66 properties for social housing through this process. Properties can be made available through leasing or purchase arrangements.

“The Government is committed to securing social housing from the NAMA portfolio. In the past 12 months Minister Hogan and I have worked closely with all parties, including the Housing Agency, local authorities, the Approved Housing Bodies and NAMA, to overcome the legal and other obstacles that were impeding the availability of suitable properties for social housing. That work is now complete and I expect a significant increase in the number of properties that will become available in 2013.”

Among the important initiatives finalised in 2012 which will make a significant impact this year were:

  • The establishment by NAMA of a special purpose vehicle to take ownership of properties where there is an established demand – thereby enabling the direct negotiation of leases with approved housing bodies.
  • Agreement between NAMA and Approved Housing Bodies of a framework for leases that can apply in the vast majority of cases.
  • The announcement in Budget 2013 by Minister Howlin of €10m in funding for which will drive the process in the coming year.

According to Minister O’Sullivan, “These initiatives will go a long way to addressing the roadblocks that have delayed the availability and take-up of significant numbers of properties to date.  NAMA has put forward a significant number of properties, but we need to streamline the process whereby suitable properties are selected, the transfer to social use takes place and families are provided with quality housing.”

“There is now a solid pipeline of properties at various stages of negotiation and I expect the new framework for delivery will see a significant number of these completed and available for social housing in 2013."

The Minister also announced that updates on the rate of transfer of properties will now be published on the Housing Agency website every quarter. “This is an important development that will provide people with clear and transparent information on the progress achieved in 2013.”

Brendan McDonagh, NAMA CEO commented, “NAMA is committed to delivering as many social housing units as is feasible and we have worked assiduously with the two Ministers and our partners in the Department of the Environment and Housing Agency to resolve delivery constraints that have been in place up until now.  Significant progress was made in the second half of 2012 including the establishment by NAMA of a Special Purpose Vehicle and substantial agreement on standardised lease terms.”

“This is the result of the positive engagement between those involved in the process, and it will facilitate the selection of properties and their delivery for social housing under this initiative.  Túath’s example shows what can be achieved and NAMA looks forward to continued strong engagement with Túath and with other approved housing bodies to achieve our shared objective of providing houses for those in need”.

Marian Jennings; Túath’s Chairwoman stated; ‘’The Association acquired 66 homes for social housing in six developments controlled by NAMA in 2012. It highlights the important work of the DOECLG, the Housing Agency, Local Authorities and Housing Associations with NAMA to bring empty properties back into use for much needed social housing. For instance the role of Drogheda Borough Council in facilitating the purchase of properties at Scotch Hall was a key element of the project’s success.  The social dividend arising from such partnership is clear. We will, with the continued support of the State and local authority partners, continue to work to change housing for the better for people, communities and places.”

 

 

 

 

2012 National Housing Development Survey Launched

2012 National Housing Development Survey Launched

28 Nov 2012

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today launched the 2012 National Housing Development Survey. The survey has been tracking the extent and condition of unfinished housing developments since 2010.  Among the key findings of this year’s survey are:

  • A decrease of 37% in the number of unfinished developments since 2010
  • 27% decrease in the number of vacant units since 2010
  • 296 developments effectively resolved in past 12 months

“The 2012 National Housing Development Survey reveals steady, quantifiable progress in tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments.  A renewed focus by all stakeholders, including local authorities, developers, lenders and local residents is working and communities are benefitting.  Since the survey was first commenced in 2010 there has been a 37% decrease in the number of unfinished developments and a 27% decrease in the number of vacant units.  The past 12 months have seen nearly 300 housing developments resolved.

“However I am still keenly aware that hundreds of families are still enduring the stress and strain of living on an unfinished development.  At present 1,770 developments remain unfinished.  While that is substantial reduction on the 2,874 developments identified in 2010 it still indicates the scale of the challenge.  The focus of the Government’s actions will now shift to resolving these developments, of which approximately 1,100 or so are in a seriously problematic condition.

“Recent experience has demonstrated how a realistic approach to estate completion involving all stakeholders can deliver results.  I expect that approach will go a long way to resolving difficulties on the vast majority of remaining unfinished developments.  However, it must also be recognised that some of these developments are commercially unviable due to location, demand and build quality.  The most prudent course of action in relation to these developments from a public safety, planning and commercial perspective is to seek the agreement of owners/funders to clear the site and return it to some beneficial use.    My Department will be working with stakeholders to develop a response in relation to this issue over the coming months with a view to having a plan in place by the end of Spring 2013.

“Another priority is the matter of taking in charge of substantially completed developments.  In the past two years more than 1200 developments have been substantially completed.  The next immediate priority is for developers, funders and local authorities to work together in finalising the process of having the developments taken in charge by the local authority.  Other substantially complete developments, mainly apartment and multi-unit schemes, will be maintained by management companies controlled by residents"

Minister O’Sullivan concluded by thanking the various stakeholders including residents, local community organisations, lenders, developers and state agencies for their continued engagement with this issue.

 

 

 

 

Free Independent Financial Advice for Borrowers in Mortgage Distress

Free Independent Financial Advice for Borrowers in Mortgage Distress

06 Sep 2012

The Housing Agency welcomes the announcement by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD (6 September 2012) regarding the provision of free independent professional financial advice to borrowers in mortgage distress.

The Minister said: “I am pleased to announce today that independent financial advice will be available to mortgage holders who are being offered long-term resolution proposals by their lenders. This advice will be provided by a panel of accountants drawn from members of the main accountancy institutes in Ireland who have agreed to participate and support this independent service.”

The Minister explained, “when a lender is proposing longer-term mortgage resolutions the lender will advise the borrower to obtain independent financial advice on the proposed arrangement and that, if the borrower wishes to avail of this option, that the lender will pay €250 to an accountant of the borrower’s choosing for the provision of this advice.’’

The general scope of the advice will be limited to the borrower’s principal private residence.  An operating protocol for the provision of this advice has been agreed between the accountancy bodies and the lenders.  The accounting bodies involved are the:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants


Read the full Minister's press release on the MerrionStreet Website

Information Resources:

The Citizens Information Board Mortgage Arrears Information Helpline Service provides general mortgage arrears information and guidance to mortgage holders. The Helpline is Tel: 076 1074050 (Monday to Friday from 9:30am -5pm).

The website, www.keepingyourhome.ie, maintained by the Citizens Information Board, offers detailed information and initial advice to distressed mortgage holders. This is the key online access portal for general mortgage arrears information and advice.

 

 

 

 

Launch of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme

Launch of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme

28 Jun 2012

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan, T.D. launched the Mortgage to Rent scheme today.  The scheme is specifically targeted at those low income families whose mortgage situation is unsustainable and where there is little or no prospect of a significant change in circumstances in the foreseeable future.  The scheme ensures that the family remains in the home, paying rent, while ownership is transferred to an approved housing body.


According to Minister O' Sullivan, “Some families have been caught in ‘a perfect storm’ in relation to mortgage repayments.  They purchased when prices were much higher and in many cases the family income that made the repayments possible has dropped significantly, often through the loss of one or more wage packet.  Many of these families now face the trauma of repossession.  The Government, following on from the Keane Report, pledged to take action and today I am announcing the launch of a nationwide mortgage to rent scheme.”
 

The mortgage to rent scheme is an option for families who:

  • Have had their mortgage position deemed unsustainable
  • Are eligible for social housing
  • Agree to the voluntary surrender of the property
  • Are in negative equity


“The main aim of the mortgage to rent scheme is to give security and certainty to families.  It removes the threat of repossession and the consequent upheaval that entails.  Families can continue to live in their family home with security of tenure and certainty over the payments they must meet.”


“The mortgage to rent scheme is targeted at those with a low family income who are facing repossession of a modest family home.  It is not an easy route for families to embark on as it results in the surrender of ownership, but it does provide families with continuity and security.”

Download the full Minister's Statement [PDF 32kb]

Find out more about the Scheme

Download Mortgage to Rent Leaflet [PDF 466kb]

 

 

 

 

New Journal for Irish Housing Professionals

2nd May 2012 - A new journal for Irish housing professionals was launched today by Ms. Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Planning.

'Evaluation of the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability.

'Evaluation of the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability.

12 Apr 2012

Today, the Housing Agency published its ‘Evaluation of the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability’.  This evaluation was requested by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in 2010 (DEHLG) to examine the effectiveness of the new schemes and to make recommendations for any necessary improvements.

This in-depth evaluation clearly demonstrates that these grants schemes play an important role in addressing the housing needs of people with disabilities and facilitating older people to ‘age in place’.  Improvements to the scheme have also been identified to help increase effectiveness.  A key point to come from the evaluation is that considerable resources are required to make our housing stock more accessible.  Better design from the onset to make housing more adaptable to the needs of people through the life cycle has clear advantages. A consistent finding from the different pieces of research undertaken for this evaluation was that the housing adaptation grant schemes clearly have a positive impact on successful applicants’ lives.

Download the 'Evaluation of Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability' (PDF 1.7mb)

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