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Posted: Mar 05, 2021 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
The National Housing Strategy for Persons with Disabilities 2022-2027: Have Your Say

The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (2011-2016 (extended to 2020)) will come to an end this year. A new national strategy is now being developed. The strategy is about facilitating the provision of housing options and related services to disabled people to allow individual choice and support independent living. 

Do you have a disability, care for a disabled person or work in supporting independent living for disabled persons? If yes, have your say on the plan.

We want to hear your views on the current strategy and what you would like to see included in the new national strategy. In order to get involved today, fill out this 10-15 minute questionnaire. The survey is anonymous and confidential. 

Take the survey in English               Click here to take the easy read survey in English               Take the survey in Irish

The closing date for this round of consultation is Friday 23 April. A further round of consultation on the drafted aims and objectives will be carried out over the summer and autumn months.

Thank you for taking the time to let us know your views, which will feed into the development of the new strategy.

Information you supply as part of this process will be handled in line with our Privacy Notice (read here).

Take the Survey in English   |   Take the Easy Read Survey   |   Tóg an Suirbhé as Gaeilge

  Survey Documents - English Easy Read Survey Documents - English Cáipéisí Suirbhé as Gaeilge
Word version of survey Click here to download an editable Word version of this survey. this can be filled out and emailed to disabilitystrategy@housingagency.ie Click here to download an editable Easy Read Word version of this survey. this can be filled out and emailed to disabilitystrategy@housingagency.ie

Cliceáil anseo chun leagan ineagarthóireachtas Word den suirbhé i nGaeilge a íoslódáil. Is féidir é sin a chomhlánú agus a chur ar ais tríd an ríomhphost chuig disabilitystrategy@housingagency.ie

PDF of survey for printing

Click here to download and print a PDF version of the survey. This can be filled out and posted to:
Disability Strategy,
The Housing Agency,

53-54 Mount Street Upper,
Dublin D02 KT73.

Click here to download and print an Easy Read PDF version of the survey. This can be filled out and posted to:
Disability Strategy,
The Housing Agency,

53-54 Mount Street Upper,
Dublin D02 KT73.

Cliceáil anseo chun leagan PDF den suirbhé i nGaeilge a islodáil agus a chur i gcló. Is féidir é sin a chomhlánú agus a chur ar ais tríd an bpost chuig:
An Stratéis Michumais,
An Ghníomhaireacht Tithíochta,
53-54 Sráid an Mhóta Uachtarach,
Baile Átha Cliath D02 KT73.


If you would like a copy of any of the above to be posted to you, please contact The Housing Agency on +353 (0)1 656 4100. 

National Housing Strategy Consultation

Posted: Nov 30, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
The Housing Agency to support the enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Scheme

Press Statement

The Housing Agency to support the enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Scheme.

Tuesday, 30th November: The Housing Agency will play a central role in assisting homeowners and local authorities as part of the enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme announced by Minister Darragh O’Brien today.

As part of the measures introduced to improve the delivery of the scheme, and once a home has met the damage threshold for entry to the scheme, the Housing Agency will assist homeowners by employing engineers to undertake the testing and assessment of their homes. This will ease the financial burden for homeowners in accessing the scheme. The Housing Agency will also be supporting local authorities in their assessment and processing of applications under the scheme.

The involvement of the Housing Agency will ensure the most appropriate remediation option is recommended for each home. The Agency’s role should also help to improve the current lead-in time on the approval of grants and ultimately speed up the remediation of affected homes.

Bob Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of The Housing Agency, said:

“The Housing Agency is committed to supporting people living in homes affected by defective concrete blocks by making it as easy as possible for homeowners to access the scheme. Our involvement in the assessment and testing of homes will ensure a simplified, efficient, and cost-effective process for both homeowners and local authorities.”

The Housing Agency has built up technical expertise and knowledge through its work in implementing the Pyrite Remediation Scheme since 2014. The Housing Agency has also gained a strong understanding of the difficulties faced by homeowners by actively participating in the Working Group on the Defective Concrete Blocks Scheme.

ENDS

For media queries contact Roslyn Molloy on mobile 086 0893157, communications@housingagency.ie

About The Housing Agency

The Housing Agency is a Government body working with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, local authorities and approved housing bodies in the delivery of housing and housing services.

Our mission is to promote the supply of housing to meet current and future needs and demand by being a centre of expert knowledge on housing, supporting housing policy development and implementing effective housing programmes in collaboration with key stakeholders.

For more information visit www.housingagency.ie or follow The Housing Agency on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Housing Conference 2021

The Government’s new housing strategy commits to increasing the supply of housing to an average of 33,000 homes per year over the next decade and providing for an optimal mix of social, affordable, and private housing for sale and rent.

Housing for All: A New Housing Plan for Ireland will be the focus of The Housing Agency's Housing Conference 2021, which will take place online from Monday 8 to Friday 12 November.

Through daily webinars, Housing Conference 2021 will provide an overview of the aims and objectives of Housing for All while facilitating in-depth discussion on each of the four pathways set out in the plan.

Participation in each webinar is free, but advance registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Download the Housing Conference 2021 Agenda

To register for each webinar please click one of the links below:

Monday  8 November
11:30am-1:15pm

Understanding Housing for All
The opening session will place Housing for All in a broader context, exploring the challenges and opportunities arising from the plan, and how housing stakeholders can support its implementation.

Register 
Tuesday 9 November
11:30am-1pm

Pathway 1: Supporting Homeownership and Increasing Affordability
This session will consider how homeownership and increased affordability can be supported through initiatives such as Cost Rental, Part V, and supporting mixed tenure developments.

Register 
Wednesday 10 November 
11:30am-1pm

Pathway 2: Eradicating Homelessness, Increasing Social Housing Delivery and Supporting Social Inclusion
This pathway seeks to work towards the eradication of homelessness in Ireland by 2030. This session will explore the work required to achieve this ambition, which includes increasing social housing delivery while ensuring that social inclusion is a key priority.

Register 
Thursday 11 November
11:30am-1pm

Pathway 3: Increasing New Housing Supply
Housing for All aims to provide more than 300,000 new homes by 2030, through annual funding of €4bn. This session will discuss the schemes and initiatives being put in place to help reach this target and the capacity of the sector to respond accordingly.

Register 
Friday 12 November
11:30am-1pm

Pathway 4: Addressing Vacancy and Efficient Use of Existing Housing Stock
Ensuring that existing housing stock is fully utilised is a key aim of Housing for All. This session will discuss ways to achieve this through current and upcoming urban regeneration projects, both here in Ireland and overseas.

Register 

 

All times above are Irish Standard Time

Please note that these sessions will be recorded for future use.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
The Housing Agency welcomes funding to support Housing for All in Budget 2022

The Housing Agency has today welcomed the announcement of significant investment in housing in Ireland, as set out in Budget 2022.

The €4 billion allocated today shows the Government’s commitment to the ambitious targets outlined in Housing for All and will go towards supporting the housing needs of almost 31,000 additional households in 2022. A total of 11,820 new social homes will be delivered through build, acquisition and leasing programmes – 9,000 of these will be new builds, to be delivered as part of a €2.6 billion capital funding programme.

Welcoming today’s announcement, The Housing Agency CEO Bob Jordan said:

“Budget 2022 represents the first step in delivering on the Government’s housing objectives, as set out in Housing for All.

“The Housing Agency’s vision is to promote sustainable homes and communities. Through making long-term investments in affordable high-quality homes for purchase or rent, this Budget represents a commitment to that vision.

“It is critical that we increase our housing supply to at least 33,000 homes per annum. The Housing Agency will play a key role in increasing supply, with methods to address vacant homes to the fore. We will manage the Croí Cónaithe Fund, which will support affordable apartments in urban areas. With €50 million being provided to establish the Fund in 2022, it will deliver medium to high density housing at a lower cost, for apartment living in blocks of four storeys or more. The Agency will also establish a central advisory service to assist Local Authorities with a compulsory purchase order programme for purchase of vacant buildings for the provision of social and affordable homes.

“The Housing Agency will continue to advise and support Government on housing affordability and welcomes the allocation of €175 million to deliver 4,130 homes for affordable purchase or rental in 2022. We look forward to continuing our management and administration of the Cost Rental Scheme, providing affordable and secure homes to rent through approved housing bodies. The continuation of the Help to Buy scheme, as well as new affordable purchase initiatives such as the First Home Scheme coming on board, will have a significant impact in making homes more affordable."

Mr Jordan added: “Sustainable communities are ones that support the complete life-cycle – meeting our needs as we grow, and having the facilities and supports in place to assist us if and when we need them. We hope that the measures outlined in Budget 2022 will lead to more people living in sustainable cities, towns and villages across Ireland.”

Posted: Oct 08, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Training Needs Analysis (now closed)

Please note that The Housing Agency is no longer accepting submissions for the Training Needs Analysis Questionnaire.

The Housing Agency is committed to delivering high-quality training to the Irish housing sector. Working with our partners in the Housing Training Network, we provide a coordinated approach to delivering training opportunities for housing practitioners, ranging from information webinars to practice-based workshops, one- and two-day training sessions, and accredited education courses.

We now need your help to plan our training programme for the period 2022-2023 and are asking you to complete a Training Needs Analysis questionnaire.

The Housing Agency has conducted periodic Training Needs Analyses (TNAs) of the Irish housing sector, in April 2016, April 2018, and February 2020. These have supported the development of a wide array of training related initiatives and events, including the creation of the Housing Training Network, the development of the housingtraining.ie website, the introduction of the Housing Education Bursary Scheme, and the delivery of a range of lectures, webinars, workshops, and training sessions.   

Responses to this 2021 Training Needs Analysis will be shared with our partners in the Housing Training Network – the IPA, ICSH, LGMA, RTB and CIH. This will ensure the delivery of quality training outcomes for housing practitioners. Your answers to this TNA will help the delivery and further development of a training offering that fulfils the changing needs of the Irish housing sector. Please also forward to colleagues you think it would be relevant to. 

We would like to thank you for your time in completing this questionnaire. 

The questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and is available at the following link: https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/NhB8qf

For further information about The Housing Agency's training offerings, please contact training@housingagency.ie. For more information about the Housing Training Network, please visit housingtraining.ie. 

Posted: Oct 08, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Research & Education Supports

The Housing Agency currently has a number of housing research and education support opportunities.

Research Support Programme

The call for applications for the 2021 research support programme is now open. Please see the links below for further information and to apply.

Please note the closing date for this programme: midday, Monday 15 November 2021.

Research Support Programme Information
Research Support Programme Guidance for Applications
Research Support Programme Application Form
Research Support Programme Ethical Framework

 

Housing Education Bursary Scheme

The Housing Agency is pleased to support education opportunities for Irish housing professionals through The Housing Agency Education Bursary Scheme. Since 2018, the bursary scheme has allowed over 130 students to undertake housing studies education courses offered by the Institute of Public Administration and the Irish Council for Social Housing/ Chartered Institute of Housing. The courses available for bursary funding are:

  • IPA NFQ Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) Certificate in Housing Studies
  • IPA NFQ Level 8 (Special Purpose Award) Professional Diploma in Housing Studies
  • ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing

The bursaries provide a contribution towards course fees, and are intended to support those who would otherwise be unable to secure funding for the full course fees from their organization or other sources.

Applications are currently being sought for Round 2 of the 2021/2022 Bursary Scheme competition. Under Round 1 of the competition (closing date 27 August 2021), 31 bursary offers were made to students applying to undertake housing studies courses at the IPA. Round 2 of the Scheme will support students seeking to enroll in the ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing. The closing date for Round 2 is 5pm on 11 October 2021. Further details, including the application form, can be found at this link

Course Closing Date for Applications Course Start Date
     
ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing  5pm, 11 October 2021 January 2022


How to apply

The bursary awards are intended to support those who would otherwise be unable to secure funding for the full course fees from their organisation or other sources. 

Applicants can apply by downloading and completing the Bursary Application Form, and returning it as a PDF to training@housingagency.ie by the closing date outlined above.

Please note that applicants are required to make separate applications for both course attendance and this bursary scheme if they wish to avail of the bursary.

 

Essay Prize

The Housing Agency is committed to supporting housing education and research in Ireland. This includes an annual Essay Prize, awarded to the most original student essay submitted as part assessment for the IPA Level 8 Professional Diploma in Housing Studies. Applications for the 2021 Essay Prize are currently being reviewed, and the winner will be announced on The Housing Agency’s website in the coming weeks.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 / By: catrionalawlor Categories:
Webinar: Changes to Part V 2021: An overview for the housing sector

The Housing Agency and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland will host a webinar outlining the changes to Part V under the Affordable Housing Act 2021, which came into operation on 3 September.

This 60-minute webinar will take place at 3pm on Monday 11 October.

Click here to register

Pat Fitzpatrick, Head of Part V at The Housing Agency will provide an overview of the key changes in the legislation and outline some scenarios which may arise under the new legislation. Ian Galbraith, Chartered Surveyor and Head of Commercial Valuations at Sherry FitzGerald will discuss the changes from an industry perspective and their impact on land valuations. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session for attendees.

This webinar will be of interest to all those in the housing sector who are involved in the Part V process including surveyors, valuers, developers, landowners and approved housing bodies.

Registration is required to participate in this free webinar. To register please visit https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XG4lU1zbTaK_wjyw3KkM4g 
 

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Paying less for land will provide more affordable housing

On Sunday 12 September, The Business Post published a piece by John O'Connor, outgoing CEO of The Housing Agency, on recent changes to Part V of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2020. You can read the piece below.

Paying less for land will provide more affordable housing
John O'Connor

Many of those arguing against the State's new 20 per cent Part V requirement assume that it will increase property prices. In fact it will do quite the opposite.

Land is a limited resource. It is critical that we provide housing that is affordable for people on low to average incomes and limiting the price of land is one way to achieve this. Land can be a significant element in the price of providing a new home, particularly in urban areas.

One way of reducing the cost of land is by what is known as Part V. This legislation allows the State, as well as the land owner, to benefit from an increase in land prices following the granting of planning permission. Part V is a positive measure to limit the price of land.

Part V of the Planning and Development Acts, to give it its full name, has its origins in the Kenny Report from 1973 which maintained that, if local authorities were given the power to buy development land at a reduced price, it would stop land speculation, stabilise land prices and reduce the cost of housing.

The Kenny Report argued that local authorities should be able to buy all development land at a reduced price. Until now, Part V allowed local authorities to buy 10% of each applicable site and the recent changes to Part V will increase this to 20% for sites purchased after 1 August 2021 and which are granted planning permission after 3 September 2021. Local authorities can then use this land to build social and affordable housing themselves, or they pay the developer or builder the costs of building it for them.

This aspect of Part V is seldom discussed. It is often portrayed as an obligation on developers and builders to sell a percentage of privately built homes to local authorities at a discount. A discount which is subsequently paid for by the buyers of the other homes in the development.

This is a misconception, and it is inaccurate.

Under Part V, the developer or builder gets paid the full costs of building each Part V home. The saving to the state or the “discount” comes from the lower price that it pays for the land associated with that home. Instead of paying market value for the land, the state pays existing use value, which is often much lower.

If a new house on a greenfield site is sold for €300,000, the cost of building the house could be €250,000 and the market value of the land associated with the house could be €50,000. If the builder sells this house to the local authority under the Part V agreement, the builder will receive €250,000 to cover the cost of building the house and will receive the existing use value of €2,000 for the land associated with the house. Existing use value is the value of land without planning permission and without the “hope value” of obtaining planning permission.

The knowledge that residential planning permission granted on a site will have a Part V requirement should inform how much developers and builders are willing to pay for that site and should reduce the price accordingly. This was the theory behind the recommendations in the Kenny Report and it carries through to Part V today. The higher the percentage of a site that the local authority can acquire at a reduced price, the lower the value of the site.

Once land is priced correctly when it is purchased, there is no “cost” associated with Part V to be passed on to the buyers of the other homes in the development.

The new 20% Part V requirement will apply to planning permissions granted after 3 September 2021 on land which was purchased on or after 1 August 2021. Planning permissions granted before 3 September 2021 and new grants of planning permission on land which was purchased between 1 September 2015 and 31 July 2021 will continue to have a 10% Part V requirement. After 31 July 2026, there will be a 20% Part V requirement on all new planning permissions granted, regardless of when the land was purchased.

Some of the debate around the increase in Part V assumes that it will increase house prices. In fact, it should assist in cooling the prices paid for land and the provision of affordable purchase housing through Part V may reduce house prices in the long run.

Paying less for land benefits us all.

Posted: Sep 09, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Bob Jordan appointed new CEO of The Housing Agency

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD has announced the appointment of Bob Jordan as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Housing Agency. Mr Jordan will take up the CEO position with The Housing Agency next week.

Commenting Minister O’Brien said: “Following on from the publication of the Housing for All Plan the next few years will continue to be a challenging period for all working in the housing sector. Having someone of Bob’s calibre and experience leading The Housing Agency during this critical time will be of great benefit. I would also like to thank John O’Connor for his excellent work as CEO. John’s expertise and knowledge have been invaluable to me and I am glad he has accepted the position of Chair of the soon to be established Commission on Housing.”

Bob Jordan has a strong leadership record in the housing sector. Since 2018 he has been the National Director of the Government's Housing First programme, which provides permanent homes and wraparound supports to people who have experienced rough sleeping and long-term homelessness. Based in Dublin City Council, Mr. Jordan has worked closely with local authorities, Approved Housing Bodies, health services and homeless charities to extend the programme nationwide. Prior to his role in Housing First, Mr. Jordan was Chief Executive of the housing charity Threshold for nearly a decade. He was Special Adviser to the Minister for Housing during 2016-2017.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Jordan said: "I am delighted to be taking up the role of CEO of The Housing Agency. The Agency plays a critical role in supporting the delivery of social and affordable housing. In recent years, it has taken on additional responsibilities to respond to the housing challenges we face. With the Government having recently published a new housing strategy, I look forward to working with the Board and staff of The Housing Agency to promote housing supply to meet current and future needs."

Chairperson of The Housing Agency, Michael Carey said: “We are delighted to welcome Bob to The Housing Agency to take on this crucially important leadership position. Bob is a highly regarded housing specialist with over 20 years’ experience of delivering high impact programmes that address complex housing needs.”

Commenting on the departure of outgoing Chief Executive Officer, John O’Connor, who is retiring, Mr Carey added: “John has been an outstanding CEO since The Housing Agency was established in 2012, building a great team of highly dedicated public servants and working closely with the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, local authorities, Approved Housing Bodies and other organisations. The Board of the Agency would like to thank John for his outstanding commitment and service.’

Minister O’Brien recently appointed John O’Connor as Chairperson designate of the Commission on Housing, which will be established later this year.

Posted: Sep 03, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Changes to Part V - Information for Vendors and Purchasers

Those involved in purchasing land for residential development should be aware of changes to the Part V requirement for social and affordable housing under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2020. These changes came into operation on 3 September 2021:

  • Land purchased on or after 1 August 2021 will be subject to a 20% Part V requirement on planning permission granted after 3 September 2021. This is for the provision of social and affordable housing.
  • Purchasers are advised to take this increased Part V obligation into account in relation to the price paid for residential development land.
  • Different Part V requirements apply to land where planning permission was granted before 3 September 2021 and to land purchased before 1 August 2021, depending on the date of purchase:
Changes to Part V - Timeline
  • Applicants for planning permission for smaller residential developments can continue to apply for an exemption certificate from Part V which will be available to developments of 4 houses or less. 

The full text of the amendments is available on the Irish Statute Book website

If you have any specific questions about the changes to Part V please contact The Housing Agency.

Download our infographic on changes to Part V.

Download our infographic for Local Authorities on changes to Part V.