€46 million spend approved for housing projects for homeless persons and people with special needs

Minister for Housing and Planning, Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, today (21 May 2014) announced a capital investment totalling over €46m for a range of housing projects which will provide a total of 416 units of accommodation for people with special housing needs including the elderly, persons with an intellectual or physical disability and homeless persons.

The selection of projects now being advanced is based on the priority afforded by the local authority following a ‘Call for Proposals’ to approved housing bodies.

Yesterday, the Government approved the Implementation Plan on the State’s Response to Homelessness.  Minister O’Sullivan said, “The Government is fully committed to addressing the crisis of homelessness and I am pleased to announce a programme of works that will form part of the response to dealing with this growing problem.  Approved housing bodies play a key role in the delivery of housing and related supports for homeless persons and other vulnerable groups such as older people and people with disabilities”

Of the €46 million being announced today some €19 million has been ring-fenced for the delivery of 187 units to be acquired or constructed in the local authority areas across the country to specifically accommodate persons and families who are homeless.  Details of the 15 construction projects and 9 acquisitions are set out in Appendix 1 attached.

As a result of a special initiative, €10m is also being provided for the acquisition of 66 units by approved housing bodies to address the homeless problem specifically presenting in the Dublin City area.  Minister O’Sullivan said ‘This initiative will have an immediate effect in Dublin City which has the greatest number of people currently experiencing homelessness. The funding of over €10 million is being made available under CAS to approved housing bodies which have identified specific properties that will be acquired in a short timeframe” Details in relation to this special initiative is set out in Appendix 2 attached.

The balance of the €46million, around €16.7 million will fund the delivery of 163 units to accommodate persons with a disability and older persons in various locations around the country. “These 163 new permanent housing units are intended, in the main, to provide accommodation for people with special needs including older people and people with a disability. Special needs housing must be lifetime adaptable to cater for tenants at all stages of the lifecycle and, in some instances, must be customised to meet particular needs” the Minister said. “Accordingly, 15 of the 34 projects being advanced are new build with 19 projects acquiring existing housing stock in cases where it is fit-for-purpose and more cost-effective than new build.”

Details of these projects are set out in Appendix 3.

The Minister concluded “I am particularly pleased to be able to provide €46 million in capital funding at this time to meet this need and provide over 416 households with quality accommodation that is safe, secure and appropriate to their requirements Approved housing bodies, in partnership with the local authorities, will now progress these projects”

Appendix 1

CAS Accommodation for Homeless Persons (Nationwide)

Local Authority

Name of AHB

Proposed Project

No of Units

Category of Tenant

Construction or Acquisition

Estimated Cost                            €

Clare County Council

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Laurel Lodge Clare Road, Ennis, Co. Clare

3

Homeless-Transition

Construction

147,525

Cork City Council

Good Shepherd Services

Grattan Street, Cork

15

Mother and Child Refuge

Construction

2,225,000

 

Cork Simon Community

St. Joachim and Annes, Anglesea St., Cork

12

Homeless

Construction

1,085,000

Dublin City Council

Sophia Housing Association

62 Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1

18

Homeless

Construction

556,734

 

Peter McVerry Trust

St. Agatha’s Court, William Street North, Dublin 1

12

Homeless

Construction

1,170,000

 

Cluid Housing Association

Dunmanus, Cabra, Dublin 7

10

Homeless

Construction

1,406,697

Fingal County Council

North & East Housing Association

Ringfort, Balrothery

6

Homeless/        Moderate Intellectual Disabilities

Construction

1,120,700

 

Peter McVerry Trust

Geraldstown Wood, Santry

10

Homeless

Acquisition

1,019,700

Galway City Council

Cope, Galway

45 Foster Street

9

Domestic Violence Refuge Homeless

Construction

1,164,000

Kerry County Council

Kerry Emigrant Support Group

College Rd, Castleisland

4

Homeless

Construction

488,254

Kildare County Council

Dublin Simon Community

Naas, Co. Kildare

8

Homeless

Acquisition

577,075

 

Dublin Simon Community

Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

20

Homeless

Acquisition

1,421,860

Kilkenny County Council

Camphill Communities of Ireland Thomastown

Booke House, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

5

Homeless

Construction

595,000

 

Cluid Housing Association

Friary Walk, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

6

Homeless

Construction

687,471

Limerick City Council

Focus Housing Association

Various Locations

6

Homeless

Acquisitions

665,958

Limerick County Council

Cuan Mhuire Housing Association

Garrouse, Bruree, Co. Limerick

5

Homeless

Construction

741,372

North Tipperary County Council

Thurles Lions Trust Housing Limited

Croke Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

3

Disabled /Homeless

Construction

296,250.00

Sligo County Council

Focus Housing Association

Sligo Town

2

Homeless / Mental Health Disability

Acquisition

119,784

South Dublin County Council

Tuath Housing Association

Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

4

Homeless /Disablity

Construction

703,245

 

Dublin Simon Community

Lucan , Co Dublin

8

Homeless

Acquistion

843,500

South Tipperary County Council

Simon Community South East

Clonmel

6

Homeless

Acquisition

221,025

Westmeath County Council

Tuath Housing Association

Springfield, Mullingar

6

Homeless

Construction

723,728

Wicklow County Council

Ark Housing Association

Bray, Co. Wicklow

4

Homeless

Acquisition

305,626

 

Dublin Simon Community

Wicklow Town

5

Homeless

Acquisition

622,206

 

 187

18,907,710

 

Appendix 2

Special Initiative for Homeless in Dublin City

Priority

Approved Housing Body

Location

No. of Units

Estimated Cost          €

1

Circle Voluntary Housing Association Ltd.

Dublin City

8

1,505,000

2

Dublin Simon Community

Dublin City

12

1,555,000

3

Cluid Housing Association

Dublin City

22

3,400,000

4

Focus Housing Association

Dublin City

6

1,430,000

5

A.L.O.N.E.

Dublin City

9

765,000

6

Peter McVerry Trust

Dublin City

2

196,000

7

Tuath Housing Association

Dublin City

2

540,000

8

H.A.I.L.

Dublin City

2

271,000

9

Dublin Simon Community

Dublin City

3

650,000

66

10,312,000

Appendix 3

CAS Accommodation for Persons with a Disability / Older Persons

Local Authority

Name of AHB

Address of Proposed Project

No of Units

Category of Tenant

Construction or Acquisition

Estimated Cost            €

Carlow County Council

Tintean Carlow Voluntary Housing Association

Ballincarrig Wexford Road, Carlow

7

Intellectual /Physical Disabilities

Construction

807,600

Cavan County Council

Tuath Housing Association

Butlersbridge, Cavan

2

Elderly/Disabled

Acquisition

96,310

Cork County Council

Cluid Housing Association

Freemount, Co. Cork.

1

Disabled

Acquisition

172,150

 

Charleville Care Project Ltd

Church View, Love Lane, Charleville

2

Elderly

Construction

194,760

 

Bandon Geriatric and Community Council

Avenue House, Bandon

8

Elderly

Construction

744,000

Donegal County Council

Co. Donegal Parents & Friends of the Mentally Handicapped

Gweedore Road, Dungloe

12

Intellectual Disability

Construction

1,100,000

DunLaoghaire /Rathdown County Council

North and East Housing Association

Various Locations in DunLaoghaire

3

Disabled

Acquisition

823,650

Fingal County Council

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Benedict’s Malahide

8

Elderly

Construction

1,000,000

Galway County Council

Cluid Housing Association/ St. Vincent De Paul

Dunlo Ballinasloe

12

Elderly

Construction

1,863,000

Kerry County Council

Newgrove Housing Association

Tralee

3

Intellectual Disabilities

Acquisition

236,340

 

Camphill Community of Ireland

An Daingean

6

Disability

Acquisition

275,000

Kildare County Council

KARE

Craddockstown, Naas, Co. Kildare.

4

Intellectual Disabilities

Construction

630,000

Kilkenny

Cluid Housing Association

Friary Walk, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

6

Elderly/Special Needs

Construction

687,471

Laois County Council

Muiriosa Foundation

Stradbally, Co. Laois

1

Intellectual Disabilities

Acquisition

90,420

 

Tuath Housing Association

Portlaoise, Co. Laois

3

Physical/ Intellectual Disabilities

Acquisition

216,780

Leitrim County Council

North West Simon Community

Carrick on Shannon,  Ballinamore & Drumshanbo

6

Special Needs

Acquisition

260,000

Longford County Council

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Cartrun Breac Longford

6

Disability / Mental Health

Acquisition

198,436

Louth County Council

Oaklee Housing Association

Tierney St, Ardee

7

Intellectual Disability

Construction

750,000

 

Respond Housing Association

No. 77 Tredagh View,   Drogheda,

1

Disability

Construction

147,318

Mayo County Council

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Irishtown, Foxford, Co. Mayo

8

Elderly

Construction

975,000

Meath County Council

Tuath Housing Association

Trim, Co. Meath

3

Elderly / Disabled

Acquisition

448,099

 

Clanmil Ireland

Trim, Co. Meath

4

Disability

Acquisition

620,014

Monaghan County Council

North & East Housing Association

Carrickmacross,   Co. Monaghan.

1

Intellectual Disability

Acquisition

115,550

 

Tuath Housing Association

Carrickmacross,   Co. Monaghan.

1

Intellectual Disability

Acquisition

82,260

North Tipperary County Council

Thurles Lions Trust Housing Limited

Croke Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

3

Disabled

Construction

296,250

Offaly County Council

Mid Offaly Housing Association

Kilcormac, Co. Offaly

1

Elderly / Disabled

Acquisition

130,000

 

Daughters of Charity

Brosna, Co. Offaly

6

Disabled

Acquisition

195,000

Sligo County Council

Sophia Housing Association

Sligo Town

4

Intellectual Disability

Acquisition

300,000

South Dublin County Council

North & East Housing Association

Kiltipper, Dublin 24

5

Disability

Acquisition

380,700

Waterford City Council

Anvers Housing Association

The Paddocks, Williamstown Rd, Waterford

6

Disability

Construction

720,000

Waterford County Council

Tramore Voluntary Housing Association

Ballycarnane, Tramore, Co. Waterford

8

Elderly

Construction

1,153,000

Westmeath County Council

Tuath Housing Association

Springfield, Mullingar

6

Elderly

Construction

723,728

Wexford County Council

Respond Housing Association

Westlands, Wexford

7

Elderly

Acquisition

125,000

 

Camphill Communities

Ballymoney, Gorey

2

Disability

Acquisition

160,000

 

163

16,717,836