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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: 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

Why and how do governments intervene in land markets?

Session 2: Tues 18 Oct 2022

Public Land Banking

Session 3: Tues 1 Nov 2022

Public Land Leasing

Session 4: Tues 15 Nov 2022

Land Pooling and Readjustment

Session 5: Tues 10 Jan 2023

Land Value Capture

Session 6: Tues 24 Jan 2023

Land Value Tax

Session 7: Tues 7 Feb 2023

Inclusionary Zoning

The first session will take place on Tuesday 4 October, 2022, 12pm-1pm. Speakers will include 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 register to join the first session online via Zoom, please use this link. You may also use this link to register to join the entire series online.

Further details will be released in advance of each session.

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

Posted: Sep 06, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Policy Insights Series Issue 2- Developing a Tenant Engagement Culture and Structure: The Case of Circle VHA

The Housing Agency Housing Insight Series aims to disseminate good practice in housing and innovative solutions among housing practitioners in Ireland. Issues are published quarterly and provide a case study of effective, practical implementation of a piece of housing policy or practice. The resulting short paper is intended to provide a knowledge base and provide ideas to others in the sector, building the overall capacity of the sector. The Housing Agency sources case-studies from our staff, The Housing Agency panels, housing practitioners and stakeholders. This second issue of the Housing Insights Series was published in September 2022 on the topic of Developing a Tenant Engagement Culture and Structure: The Case of Circle VHA.

 

This Housing Agency Policy Insights Paper describes how Circle VHA has collaborated with tenants to build a tenant engagement culture and structure. It demonstrates the benefits that can be gained – both for tenants and social housing providers – from a structural approach that embeds tenant engagement policy and practice within an organisation’s strategic vision. With the publication in 2022 by the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) of new standards requiring AHBs to actively seek input from tenants and provide opportunities for engagement on service provision, the aim of this case study is to provide information to other social housing providers developing tenant engagement structures.

You can access and read the full report here

Posted: Sep 06, 2022 By: Communications Research area: 
Policy Insights Series Issue 2- Developing a Tenant Engagement Culture and Structure: The Case of Circle VHA

The Housing Agency Housing Insight Series aims to disseminate good practice in housing and innovative solutions among housing practitioners in Ireland. Issues are published quarterly and provide a case study of effective, practical implementation of a piece of housing policy or practice. The resulting short paper is intended to provide a knowledge base and provide ideas to others in the sector, building the overall capacity of the sector. The Housing Agency sources case-studies from our staff, The Housing Agency panels, housing practitioners and stakeholders. This second issue of the Housing Insights Series was published in September 2022 on the topic of Developing a Tenant Engagement Culture and Structure: The Case of Circle VHA.

 

This Housing Agency Policy Insights Paper describes how Circle VHA has collaborated with tenants to build a tenant engagement culture and structure. It demonstrates the benefits that can be gained – both for tenants and social housing providers – from a structural approach that embeds tenant engagement policy and practice within an organisation’s strategic vision. With the publication in 2022 by the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) of new standards requiring AHBs to actively seek input from tenants and provide opportunities for engagement on service provision, the aim of this case study is to provide information to other social housing providers developing tenant engagement structures.

You can access and read the full report here

Posted: Jul 13, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Expansion of the Repair and Leases Scheme

The Housing Agency hosted a briefing session on the morning of the 12th of July to discuss the expansion of the Repair and Leases Scheme.

The Repair and Lease scheme has been expanded on a pilot basis to include the following:

  • vacant commercial units;
  • vacant units associated with a commercial unit (e.g. over the shop);
  • vacant institutional buildings;
  • unfinished developments which have been vacant for a significant period of time.

 

Aoife Joyce from DHLGH discussed the objectives, requirements and rationale behind the expansion.

Claire Feeney from The Housing Agency discussed the operation of the scheme to include The Housing Agency’s role.

Paul Johnston from Waterford City and County Council provided an overview of their Repair and Lease activity and the benefits of the expansion.

For further information on the scheme please contact leasing@housingagency.ie

Posted: Jan 28, 2022 / By: Communications Categories:
Launch of The Housing Agency's Strategy 2022-2024

The Housing Agency’s Statement of Strategy, 2022-2024 was launched yesterday by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD.

The Statement of Strategy outlines how more affordable housing, increasing the supply of social and private homes and addressing social inclusion issues such as homelessness and ageing will be the priorities for the work of The Housing Agency over the next three years.

The Statement of Strategy frames the work of The Housing Agency under three broad themes:

  1. Being a centre for housing knowledge;
  2. Bridging housing supply and demand; and
  3. Building capacity for housing

 

It outlines how, over the coming years, The Housing Agency will use research, informed policy insights and data to work to achieve a housing system that meets the housing needs of our nation and promotes viable, sustainable communities.

 

The Housing Agency’s Strategic Plan 2022-2024 has been framed in the context of supporting Housing for All, the Government’s housing plan for Ireland and key trends in the housing system including:

  • Diverse and changing housing needs for people living in Ireland.
  • Long-term government policy and strategic planning for the Irish housing system.
  • A continuing focus on building inclusive, sustainable communities.

 

The Housing Agency’s Statement of Strategy, 2022-2024 can be read HERE 

An executive summary of the Statement of Strategy can be read HERE 

A list of actions The Housing Agency will provide input under Housing for All can be read HERE 

A recording of the session can be found HERE

The slides of the session can be found HERE

Posted: Jan 26, 2022 By: Communications Research area: 
The Housing Agency's Statement of Strategy 2022-2024

The Housing Agency’s Statement of Strategy, 2022-2024 was launched on the 27th of January 2022 by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD.

The Statement of Strategy outlines how more affordable housing, increasing the supply of social and private homes and addressing social inclusion issues such as homelessness and ageing will be the priorities for the work of The Housing Agency over the next three years.

 

The Statement of Strategy frames the work of The Housing Agency under three broad themes:

  1. Being a centre for housing knowledge;
  2. Bridging housing supply and demand; and
  3. Building capacity for housing.

 

It outlines how, over the coming years, The Housing Agency will use research, informed policy insights and data to work to achieve a housing system that meets the housing needs of our nation and promotes viable, sustainable communities.

 

The Housing Agency’s Strategic Plan 2022-2024 has been framed in the context of supporting Housing for All, the Government’s housing plan for Ireland and key trends in the housing system including:

  • Diverse and changing housing needs for people living in Ireland.
  • Long-term government policy and strategic planning for the Irish housing system.
  • A continuing focus on building inclusive, sustainable communities.

 

The Housing Agency’s Statement of Strategy, 2022-2024 can be read HERE 

An executive summary of the Statement of Strategy can be read HERE 

A list of actions The Housing Agency will provide input under Housing for All can be read HERE 

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.”