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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 28, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Essay Prize Announcement 2022

The Housing Agency is delighted to announce the winner of the 2022 Housing Agency Essay Prize competition. This prize is awarded to the most original student essay submitted for assessment as part of the Institute of Public Administration’s Professional Diploma in Housing Studies. This year’s winner is:

Holly Morrin for her essay ‘An Exploration of the Practicalities in Defining Potential Sub-County Housing Need and Demand Assessment Geographies for Ireland’.

In addition, there were two runner-up prizes awarded. These were:

Maria Griffin, for her essay ‘Living Together, Living Apart: The Treatment of Travellers within Housing Policy’

and

Wanita Maher, for her essay ‘Ageing in Place: Meeting the Housing Requirements of an Ageing Population’.

The Housing Agency would like to congratulate the winner and the runners-up on the quality of their essays, the originality of their research, and their engagement with public policy.

The Housing Agency is committed to supporting the education, training, and development of Ireland’s housing practitioners. For more information on the education and training options available for housing practitioners, please see housingtraining.ie. Information about the Institute of Public Administration’s Professional Diploma in Housing Studies, as well as other courses relevant to housing practitioners, can be found here and here.

Posted: Oct 26, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Housing Conference 2022

One of the major challenges facing the Irish housing sector is ensuring sustainability. This includes sustainability of our housing finance models, sustainable communities and environmental sustainability.

Delivered in a hybrid format, The Housing Agency's Annual Conference 2022 explored these challenges in the November Housing Conference. This half-day event featured international and Irish expert input, followed by questions and discussion.

Watch the conference in full

All times above are Irish Standard Time.

The conference presentations can all be downloaded from the list below:

Session 1: Financial Sustainability

Chair: David Silke –The Housing Agency

Session 2: Sustainable Housing, Sustainable Communities 

Chair: Claire Feeney – The Housing Agency 

 

Posted: Oct 08, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
"Live in a bank, church or shop. It’s one solution to the housing crisis" - Housing Unlocked profiled in The Irish Times

"Live in a bank, church or shop. It’s one solution to the housing crisis" - Housing Unlocked profiled in The Irish Times 

The Housing Unlocked exhibition by the Irish Architecture Foundation and The Housing Agency opens on 14th October at the Science Gallery, Dublin The exhibition features eight innovative architect-led solutions to help unlock housing in Ireland by addressing issues such as vacancy, density, regeneration, social inclusion and modern methods of construction.  

The exhibition and its submissions were profiled by Gemma Tipton in The Irish Times on Saturday 8th October. Speaking about the exhibition Tipton outlines how the ideas in Housing Unlocked are "practical", "ranging from grand plans to convert churches, former bank buildings and vacant shops, to small ideas for big change in rural towns, there is a lot to inspire". Bob Jordan, CEO of The Housing Agency outlines the agency's involvement and his hopes for the exhibition:

"Set up in 2012, the agency is tasked with 'delivering sustainable and affordable housing for us all” and Jordan wants to make the most of all opportunities. “If it ended with the exhibition, I’d be extremely disappointed,' he says. 'The exhibition is saying: here are the ideas that we think can be carried forward, that can have an influence on our housing system. There is an opportunity in every town and village and city in Ireland to do something with some of the ideas that are here,' he concludes."

To read the article in full please visit The Irish Times website. 

For more information on the exhibition and submissions please visit the Housing Unlocked website. 

 

Posted: Oct 04, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Outreach Events for Stakeholders in Multi-Unit Developments

Multi-unit developments (MUDs) are estates where an owners’ management company, or OMC for short, is responsible for maintaining shared facilities such as gardens, amenity spaces, halls, corridors, and parking. 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 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 for stakeholders, including residents, owners, and directors of OMCs.

The meetings will cover:

  • Challenges faced by OMCs & managed estates
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Resources available
     

Events will be held at:

Clayton Hotel, Sligo
Tuesday, 25 October

Chartered Accountants Ireland, Dublin 2
Tuesday, 8 November

Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club, Drogheda
Tuesday, 15 November

Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club, Maynooth
Tuesday, 22 November

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone
Monday, 28 November

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 (tea/coffee provided)
7pm          Presentation from the Housing Agency
7:30pm     Open forum
8:30pm     Closes

Information and Resources on OMCs and MUDs

Previous events in the series took place in:

  • 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
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Posted: Oct 04, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Housing Agency speaks to NAHRO conference about Covid-19 and housing in Ireland

The Housing Agency were asked to speak at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) conference in September 2022. To discuss the topic of the impact of Covid-19 on housing in Ireland, we prepared a video. 

This video provides insights from Bob Jordan, CEO, Rob Lowth, National Director for Housing First and Julie Davis, Local Authority Services Team. They discuss the housing measures that were introduced to help support people during the pandemic such as the eviction band and rent freeze. Bob Jordan also covers the supports that have been maintained and the important work carried out in Ireland to support homeless people during the pandemic. Julie Davis discusses how stakeholders worked together to deliver the new National Housing Strategy for Disabled People. Finally, Rob Lowth outlines how Housing First programmes continued to provide important supports and services to some of the most vulnerable people in Irish society during this time. 

Posted: Sep 28, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
The Housing Agency welcomes Budget measures which will “increase housing delivery, improve affordability and support the most vulnerable”

PRESS RELEASE 

Wednesday, 28th September 2022 

The Housing Agency welcomes Budget measures which will “increase housing delivery, improve affordability and support the most vulnerable” 

The Housing Agency, the government body working to support the delivery of housing, has today (28.09.2022) welcomed the housing measures announced as part of yesterday’s Budget 2023. According to The Housing Agency, these measures will “improve affordability, increase the supply of homes and provide support to the most vulnerable in our society.” 

Commenting on yesterday’s announcement, Bob Jordan, CEO of The Housing Agency, said: “The central role of The Housing Agency is to provide expertise and solutions to help deliver sustainable communities with high quality and affordable homes to meet the nation’s housing needs. Yesterday’s announcements are another important step in delivering on the commitments set out in Housing for All.  

“The Housing Agency plays a significant role in the provision of affordable housing. It has managed the Cost Rental Equity Loan (CREL) scheme since its introduction in early 2021, and we welcome the commitment by the Government to deliver a further 1,850 cost rental homes using CREL and other delivery mechanisms in 2023. Similarly, we welcome the continued investment in providing affordable homes to purchase.”  

“The new vacant property tax is designed to encourage better use of the existing housing stock by bringing vacant homes back into occupation. The Housing Agency welcomes this measure. We will continue our role in addressing vacancy through our central advisory service on compulsory purchase orders and providing advice to local authorities on the Town Centre First programme, which will combat vacancy and dereliction in towns and villages across Ireland.  

Protecting the vulnerable in society  

The Housing Agency includes the National Office for Housing First, which is a government programme that works to support people experiencing long-term homelessness and those with complex needs. Commenting on yesterday’s 10 per cent increase in funding for homeless services, Rob Lowth, the National Director for Housing First said:  

“It is crucial the most vulnerable in Irish society are protected and provided with appropriate and sustainable homes and supports. Yesterday’s increase shows a firm commitment by the Government to reduce homelessness and eradicate rough sleeping.”  

“Importantly, the budget also provides €219 million to fund programmes and supports for disabled people, older people, and Travellers. Earlier this year the Government published the new National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027 which was prepared with the assistance of The Housing Agency. The implementation plan for this strategy is expected shortly.”  

Minister O’Brien also announced that he had brought a memo to Government on the recently published report of the Working Group to Examine Defects in Housing. An inter-departmental and agency group is being established to bring forward specific proposals to Government by the end of the year. The Agency looks forward to engagement in relation to the steps announced by the Minister.  

Mr. Jordan concluded, “The Housing Agency welcomes Budget 2023, which continues to build on the success of Housing for All. We look forward to working with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, local authorities, approved housing bodies and all our stakeholders to provide affordable, high-quality housing and sustainable communities for all.”   

ENDS  

Posted: Sep 20, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Talking about Land Series

Why and how governments intervene in land markets; land value tax; public land leasing; and inclusionary zoning are just some of the topics set to feature in a new series of talks organised by The Housing Agency, The Land Development Agency, and the Geary Institute of Public Policy, UCD.

“Talking about Land” is a series of seven talks which will examine how governments in other countries intervene in the management of state lands and land markets to ensure there is adequate affordable housing supply. International experts will share their experiences with Irish practitioners and explore how they can apply their practices to an Irish context.  Each event will see an international speaker sharing a case study of land management in their respective country, followed by a speaker working in housing and land management in Ireland. 

The events will take place at 12pm on Tuesdays between early October and February 2023. The full programme is as follows:

Session 1: Tues 4 Oct 2022

YouTube: Why and how do governments intervene in land markets? 

Session 2: Tues 18 Oct 2022

YouTube: Public Land Banks

Session 3: Tues 1 Nov 2022

YouTube: Public Land Leasing

Session 4: Tues 15 Nov 2022

YouTube: Land Pooling and Readjustment

Session 5: Tues 10 Jan 2023

Register: Land Value Capture

Session 6: Tues 24 Jan 2023

Register: Land Value Tax

Session 7: Tues 7 Feb 2023

Register: Inclusionary Zoning

 

The first session took place on Tuesday 4 October, 2022, 12pm-1pm. Speakers included Prof. Julie Lawson of RMIT University Melbourne, and Prof. Michelle Norris, Director of the Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD. If you would like to rewatch the first session visit our YouTube channel. 


The second session took place on Tuesday 18 October, 2022, 12pm-1pm. Speakers included Silvia Hofer, Wohnfonds Wien and Niall Cussen, Office of the Planning Regulator. If you would like to rewatch the second session visit our YouTube channel. 

 

The third session took place on Tuesday 1 November, 2022, 12pm-1pm Speakers included Sami Haapanen, Helsinki City Council and Tom O'Donnell, Self-Organised Architecture Ireland. If you would like to rewatch the third session visit our YouTube channel

 

The fourth session took place on Tuesday 15 November, 2022, 12pm-1pm.  Speakers included Benjamin Davy, University of Johannesburg and Dearbhla Lawson, Land Development Agency. If you would like to rewatch the fourth session visit our YouTube channel. 

 

The fifth session will take place on Tuesday 10 January, 2023, 12pm-1pm. Speakers will include Professor Tony Crook, University of Sheffield and Larry O’Connell, NESC.  To register please visit our Eventbrite page. Further details will be released in advance of each session.

 

When you register, please join our mailing list to receive updates regarding future sessions.

If you have any questions about the series, please contact training@housingagency.ie.

Posted: Sep 08, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Tenant Engagement Workshop for housing professionals, 29 September

Tenant engagement is an important part of international best practice in social housing policy. It includes activities ranging from the effective distribution of information among tenants, through to the involvement of tenants in housing management, governance, and ownership.

International research has demonstrated the benefits that accrue from tenant engagement policies, both for tenants and social housing providers. In Ireland, tenant engagement is a growing field. Some housing providers have invested in dedicated tenant engagement teams, but the principles and practices of tenant engagement are of relevance to all those working in social housing delivery and management.

The Housing Agency is collaborating with Supporting Communities, Northern Ireland’s Independent Tenant Organisation, to deliver a half-day workshop for Irish housing professionals working in the field of tenant engagement. The workshop will allow participants to explore best practice in tenant engagement, and consider the future direction of the field in Ireland.

 

The workshop will take place on Thursday 29 September, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Please note that the workshop is a repeat of the workshop delivered in July 2021. It is aimed at those who were unable to attend last years workshop or those new to the field.  

 

Click here to register

 

The workshop will:

  • Provide examples of best practice
  • Provide a discussion forum on the future of tenant engagement in Ireland
  • Enable housing professionals working in tenant engagement to meet, network with and learn from peers in other organisations.
Posted: Sep 08, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Webinar: An Introduction to the SEAI Electric Vehicle Apartment Charger Grant Scheme

The Housing Agency in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) presents a webinar introducing the SEAI’s new Electric Vehicle Apartment Charger Grant Scheme.

This event will be of interest to a wide audience- owners’ management companies, residents, property management professionals, and other stakeholders in the multi-unit developments sector. 

The one-hour webinar will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Registration is free of charge and is via this Zoom link-

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EH9VLksBQiCGjb1zYQSCLw

Questions may be emailed to MUD@housingagency.ie

The session will be recorded for future use.

Places are limited to 1,000 attendees on a first-come first-served basis.

By registering for this webinar you consent to the processing of your personal data (name and email address) by the Housing Agency and SEAI for the purposes of event management.