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Posted: Dec 23, 2019 / By: ciaragalvin Categories:
Call for Research Proposals

The Housing Agency has opened a Call for Research Proposals under its Research Support Programme (RSP). The RSP provides varied support, from financial support to access to data in a user friendly format. About the Call for Research Proposals

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 24th February 2020. Please read over the RSP Ethical Framework along with the RSP Guidance for Applicants.

RSP Application Form

Posted: Dec 18, 2019 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Outreach Events for Volunteer Directors of Owners’ Management Companies in 2020

Multi-unit developments (MUDs) are developments of several homes that share certain facilities. These managed estates are often apartment buildings or duplexes, but they can also be townhouses or stand-alone houses that share common facilities. These communities rely on robust owners’ management companies (OMCs) for them to be successful and sustainable.

With the increasing number of apartments, MUDs, and OMCs across the country, the Housing Agency is holding evening information meetings around the country for volunteer directors of OMCs throughout the first quarter of 2020.

The meetings will cover:

  • Challenges faced by OMCs & managed estates
  • Roles and responsibilities of OMC directors
  • Resources available for OMC directors

Events will be held at:

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Town Centre, Dublin
Wednesday 15 January 2020

Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
Wednesday 29 January 2020

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Wednesday 5 February 2020

Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge, Carlow
Wednesday 12 February 2020

Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork
Wednesday 19 February 2020

Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Wednesday 26 February 2020

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Wednesday 4 March 2020

Clayton Hotel, Sligo
Wednesday 25 March 2020

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register by clicking on your preferred location above, through Eventbrite, or by email to MUD@housingagency.ie.

Evening Programme

6:45pm     Registration (light refreshments provided)
7pm          Presentation from the Housing Agency
7:45pm     Open forum for directors attending
8:30pm     Closes

Information and Resources on OMCs and MUDs

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 / By: ursulamcanulty Categories:
 Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2019

Each year, The Housing Agency carries out an assessment of households qualified for social housing support. The Summary of Social Housing Assessments brings together information provided by local authorities on households that are qualified for social housing support but whose social housing need is not currently being met. It is a point-in-time assessment of the identified need for social housing support across the country.

This year's count was carried out on 24 June 2019. Published today, the report provides a breakdown of the data by set criteria – local authority, age, household composition, current tenure, basis of need, accommodation requirements, length of time on the list, etc.

Key findings from the 2019 Summary of Social Housing Assessments include:

  • 68,693 households were assessed as qualified for housing support as of 24 June 2019.
  • The number of households on the waiting list decreased by 22,907 households (25%) compared to the assessment conducted in September 2016.
  • The number of households on the waiting list decreased by 3,165 (4.4%) compared to the previous assessment in June 2018.
  • The four Dublin Authorities (Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin) account for 43.2% of the national total.
  • One-adult households are the predominant household grouping in need of social housing support.
  • About 53% of households qualified for social housing support are currently in the private rented sector.
  • The number of households whose basis of need was listed as ’homeless, institution, emergency accommodation or hostel’ rose by 10.8% (614 households) since the 2018 assessment.

View the report

Posted: Dec 03, 2019 / By: ciaragalvin Categories:
International Day for People with Disabilities

Today marks the International Day of People with Disabilities. Since 1992, IDPWD has been observed every December 3rd by a range of organisations around the world.
The Theme this year is "The Future is Accessible" and envisions a time when all environmental and social barriers for people with disabilities are identified and everyone works together to overcome them.

At The Housing Agency we aim to support and advocate for accessible housing for all. The Housing Agency is the co-ordinator for the National Housing Strategy for People with Disabilities.

The Housing Agency also uses its central expertise to look forward and have prepared a number of publications to support design of housing "Design for Housing to Meet the Needs of all" and "Design for Mental Health".

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Outreach Event for Volunteer Directors of Owners’ Management Companies

With the increasing number of managed estates, multi-unit developments, and owners’ management companies (OMCs) across the country, the Housing Agency is hosting evening Outreach Events for volunteer directors of OMCs.

 The events will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of OMC directors
  • Resources available for OMC directors
  • Challenges faced by OMCs & managed estates

The events will be held at:

North East

Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Wednesday 27 November 2019: 6.30p.m. to 8p.m.

West

Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway, Wednesday 4 December 2019: 6.30p.m. to 8p.m.

Registration for the event will be available shortly by way of Eventbrite, or email to: MUD@housingagency.ie

The Housing Agency’s dedicated page, with information and resources for OMCs and multi-unit developments

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Training Session for Landlords

The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has partnered with Fingal County Council to deliver the RTB Betterlet: Accredited Landlord training scheme. The RTB and the Fingal Housing Department are inviting landlords in Fingal County and surrounding counties to take part in its free, one-day accreditation course on Saturday, 30th November at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport.  

Further Details

Posted: Nov 05, 2019 / By: Anonymous (not verified) Categories:
Housing Agency Annual Conference 2019
L-R Krystyna Rawicz (KRA Visionary Project Partners), Minister Eoghan Murphy, Sorcha Edwards (Housing Europe), Michael Carey (Housing Agency), Amanda Ziegler Dybbroe (CCPD) and Laura Burke (EPA)

Minister Eoghan Murphy opened the Housing Agency's Annual Conference which took place in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on the 6th November 2019. The theme of the conference was Housing and Sustainability. Read the Programme and Press Release

Speakers Presentations:

Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Nessa Winston, Associate Professor, UCD

Krystyna Rawicz, KRA Visionary Project

Orla Coyle, Programme Manager, Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland

Mark Scott, Professor of Planning, UCD

Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General, Housing Europe

Amanda Ziegler Dybbroe, Copenhagen City & Port Development Corpororation (CCPD)

 

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Deadline Extended for Housing Agency Bursaries

The deadlines for Housing Agency Bursary applications have been extended for the following courses:

IPA New Thinking for Housing Workshops (October 2019 start) Closing Date Thursday 26 September 2019 (noon).

ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing (January 2020 start) Closing Date Friday 11 October (noon).

In partnership with the Institute of Public Administration and the Irish Council for Social Housing, the Housing Agency is delighted to offer a Housing Education Bursary Scheme for the 2019/2020 academic year.

In 2018 and 2019 significant efforts have been made in the areas of housing delivery and policy development. We have reflected on the importance of the role that housing professionals play and wish to promote current housing education and training programmes and support the development of housing practitioners.

For more information on the Bursary Scheme and application forms visit the Housing Training website.

Note – It is intended that the bursary assists those that would otherwise be unable to secure funding for the full course fees from their organisation, or cover the full fees themselves this year.

Posted: Aug 01, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Housing Agency Bursary Scheme 2019/2020

In partnership with the Institute of Public Administration and the Irish Council for Social Housing, the Housing Agency is delighted to launch its Housing Education Bursary Scheme for the 2019/2020 academic year.

In 2018 and 2019 significant efforts have been made in the areas of housing delivery and policy development. We have reflected on the importance of the role that housing professionals play and wish to promote current housing education and training programmes and support the development of housing practitioners.

A total of 15 bursaries are available in relation to the following courses starting in September 2019:

Applicants can apply by filling out the bursary application form and submitting it to the Housing Agency. Closing date is Wednesday 28 August 2019 (noon).

For more information on the Bursary Scheme visit the Housing Training website.

Note – It is intended that the bursary assists those that would otherwise be unable to secure funding for the full course fees from their organisation, or cover the full fees themselves this year.

Posted: Jul 29, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Appointment of David Duffy to the Board of the Housing Agency

In accordance with S.I. 264 of 2012 (Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Establishment Order 2012), the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D, has appointed a new member to the Board of the Housing Agency.

The Housing Agency is governed by a Board appointed by the Minister. It is responsible for ensuring that the Agency carry out all functions effectively and comply with statutory requirements.

As requested by the Department, a campaign was launched in March 2019 by the Public Appointments Service for the purpose of making an appointment of an independent member to the Board of the Housing Agency. A shortlist of applicants was then received in the Department and the Minister has now appointed Dr. David Duffy to the Board of the Housing Agency.

A brief résumé of the new member is set out below. Dr. Duffy is being appointed for the period 01 July 2019 to 30 June 2024.  This will bring the Board membership to 9 persons.

David Duffy

David Duffy is Director at Property Industry Ireland. He has a Ph.D., Masters of Economic Science and B.A. (Hons) Degree in Economics and Sociology. Dr. Duffy has over 25 years of professional experience working in research and consultancy. He was previously employed at the Economic and Social Research Institute where his main area of research was in the housing market. Dr. Duffy also previously held positions with the Chamber of Commerce of Ireland, Fitzpatrick Associates and Hillier Parker Property Consultants.