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Posted: May 25, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
June Webinar Series: Building Resilient & Sustainable Communities in Ireland

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important resilient and sustainable communities are to us all.

Decisions we now make in relation to housing, planning and regeneration will play a fundamental role in the future of our communities. Measures that are put in place will need to be ambitious and will require adaptation to a new way of doing things.

This June The Housing Agency will host a series of free expert-led webinars that will consider some of the key elements of future resilient and sustainable communities.

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.

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

Wednesday 3 June
12-1pm
Collaboratively retrofitting - a discussion on the pre-1919 Glasgow tenement retrofitting demonstration project.
Prof Ken Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
Register 
Wednesday 10 June
12-1pm
Regeneration for all: How intergenerational housing can contribute to town and village renewal.
Roland Karthaus, Matter Architecture
Register 
Wednesday 17 June
12-1pm
Green spaces, urban places: The Importance of green space for neighbourhoods – the Mapping Green Dublin Project.
Prof Gerald Mills, School of Geography, UCD
Register 
Wednesday 24 June
12-1pm
Nature based housing: Solutions for housing developments.
Dr Marcus Collier, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin
Register 

 

Please note that these sessions may be recorded for future use.
View the poster for this webinar series here.

Posted: Mar 03, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Information Webinars for Volunteer Directors of Owners’ Management Companies - April 21, 28 and May 5

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 information webinars for volunteer directors of OMCs.

The webinars will cover:

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

Events will be held on April 21, April 28 and May 5. Webinars will begin at 6:45pm, and will involve a presentation and opportunity for participants to submit questions.

This webinar is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register using this link, or by email to MUD@housingagency.ie.

Information and Resources on OMCs and MUDs

Previous events in the series took place in:

  • Webinars on Wednesday 25 March and Wednesday 1 April
  • 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: Feb 01, 2020 / By: ciaragalvin Categories:
Bringing housing, health and social care together – solutions for an ageing population: Housing LIN

In January 2020 The Housing Agency hosted an event focussed on how best to meet the housing needs of older people. “Bringing housing, health and social care together - solutions for an ageing population: The Housing LIN experience” brought together key stakeholders in health, housing and ageing to hear about potential ways to address this issue.

Keynote speakers at the event were Clare Skidmore and Ian Copeman of the Housing Learning & Improvement Network, the “go-to” sharing network for anyone working in housing, health and social care in England, Wales and Scotland. The organisation promotes innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

As the organisation’s Strategic Lead in Influencing and Networks, Ms Skidmore leads the Housing LIN’s influencing work with government and strategic partners in England, Wales and Scotland; oversees the delivery of knowledge sharing events; and enables the Housing LIN to meet the learning needs of its 25,000 members, while showcasing innovation locally.

Ian Copeman leads the Housing LIN’s research and consultancy services, working with UK governments, local authorities, National Health Service organisations and housing associations to improve the planning, commissioning and delivery of housing and support options that are suited to older and disabled people.

Government policy

The event was held on foot of the February 2019 publication of the Government Policy Statement: ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’, prepared by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Department of Health. In welcoming delegates to the event, The Housing Agency’s Director of Operations David Silke highlighted the importance of collaboration, noting that ‘working together’ is one of the six key principles the policy statement recognises as crucial to inform strategic thinking and practical planning in developing housing options and supports for older people.

In her address, Ms Skidmore outlined some of the successes Housing LIN has had in integrating health, housing and social care services in meeting the needs of older people across England, Scotland and Wales.

An ‘honest broker’

“Housing LIN has a strong record as an ‘honest broker’,” she said. “People see us as a neutral place where they can explore ideas. We’re a trusted partner, but we also have an extensive cross-sector membership and reach.”

Ms Skidmore also highlighted a number of projects her organisation has spearheaded:

  • Providing intensive support and housing options to the NHS England’s ‘Transforming Care’ programme, which aims to support people with autism and learning difficulties to live in more community-based settings.
  • Acting as member of the UK Coalition for Accessible Housing, an external network advocating for greater accessibility in homes for older and disabled people.
  • Leading in the HAPPI design principles, a set of principles developed in the UK with particular relevance to the spectrum of older persons' housing – both offering an attractive alternative to the family home, and being able to adapt over time to meet changing needs.

Local and national responsibilities

Mr Copeman outlined the policies undertaken by the governments in Scotland and Wales in designing homes and communities that are attractive and accommodating to the needs of older people. He also spoke about the research Housing LIN have carried out into what local authorities in England are doing in the provision of homes for an ageing population.

“Both governments in Wales and Scotland have a very clear statutory drive towards the integration of health, housing and social care, which is essentially about a better, more coordinated offer for their citizens,” Mr Copeman said.

“In England the integration of health, housing and social care is much more driven at a local level. One of the things that’s happened in England is the devolution to city regions,” he added, before citing Housing LIN’s work in providing a resource pack to help standardise the work of public sector agencies developing different forms of accommodation for older people in Greater Manchester, a region of around three million people. The pack highlighted examples of international best practice in the area among various socio-economic types, emphasising the diversity of Manchester residents.

Positive work in Ireland

The trip also enabled Ms Skidmore and Mr Copeman to learn about the positive work of colleagues in Ireland. Joining them on a panel to discuss the issues of housing, health and social care for older people were Alan Byrne of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Niall Redmond of the Department of Health; and Catherine McGuigan of Age Friendly Ireland and Meath County Council.

Through the work of Age Friendly Ireland, Ireland recently became the first country in the world to be fully affiliated with the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities & Communities. Another positive development in this area which was highlighted was the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, based in Dublin and part of the National Disability Authority, which is ‘dedicated to enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood and used regardless of a person's age, size, ability or disability’.

It is hoped that this visit signals the first stage of an ongoing, fruitful relationship between colleagues with shared values and objectives in the UK and Ireland – united in the commitment to promoting high quality housing solutions for older people.

Pictured above, left-to-right: Ian Copeman, Housing LIN; John O'Connor, Chief Executive Officer, The Housing Agency; Clare Skidmore, Housing LIN; David Silke, Director of Operations, The Housing Agency; Isoilde Dillon, Senior Architect, The Housing Agency.

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

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.

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:

Clayton Hotel, Sligo
Wednesday 25 March

Chartered Accountants Ireland, Dublin 2
Wednesday 1 April

Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club, Maynooth
Tuesday, 21 April

Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club, Drogheda
Tuesday 28 April

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone
Tuesday 5 May

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

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: Dec 18, 2019 By: michaelmchale Research area: 
A Guide to the Mortgage to Rent Scheme

The Mortgage to Rent Scheme is a Government initiative that was set up in 2012 to help people who are finding it extremely difficult to meet mortgage repayments every month to stay in their home.

Under the Mortgage to Rent Scheme, a person will voluntarily surrender ownership of their home to their lender. A third party will then buy the home from the lender. The person will no longer own their home but they will continue to live in it as a tenant, while paying an income--related rent set by their local authority.

This Guide outlines the benefits of the Mortgage to Rent scheme, criteria for qualification, and terms and conditions that apply.

Read the report

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 11, 2019 By: ursulamcanulty Research area:  Social Housing, Demand
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.

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Posted: Jun 10, 2019 / By: Dympna Clerkin Categories: Events
Build Your Career In Housing Event

 

Housing is a growing career sector in Ireland comprising of a wide range of professionals from diverse backgrounds all working towards the aim of delivering sustainable and affordable housing for everyone.

This event is for anyone who is curious about a career in housing, or who possibly has already embarked on one, and would like to learn more

It is a free event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the National Museum on Kildare Street on Thursday 16th May 2019

To book a place please email training@housingagency.ie

The evening will provide

  • career insights from established Housing professionals
  • a panel discussion on the challenges for housing professionals
  • networking opportunities
  • Information on housing training and educational opportunities
  • The role of social media for the housing practitioner

Brought to you by the Housing Training Network made up of Institute of Public Administration (IPA) Chartered Institute of Housing Ireland (CIH) the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the Housing Agency

Posted: May 13, 2019 / By: eimirobrien Categories:
Build Your Career in Housing Event 2019

Housing is a growing career sector in Ireland comprising of a wide range of professionals from diverse backgrounds all working towards the aim of delivering sustainable and affordable housing for everyone.

This event is for anyone who is curious about a career in housing, or who possibly has already embarked on one, and would like to learn more

It is a free event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the National Museum on Kildare Street on Thursday 16th May.

To book a place please email training@housingagency.ie

The evening will provide

  • career insights from established Housing professionals
  • a panel discussion on the challenges for housing professionals
  • networking opportunities
  • Information on housing training and educational opportunities
  • The role of social media for the housing practitioner

Brought to you by the Housing Training Network made up of Institute of Public Administration (IPA) Chartered Institute of Housing Ireland (CIH) the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the Housing Agency

Posted: Apr 01, 2018 By: Housing Agency Research area:  Housing For Older People
Housing for Older People: Housing Agency Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

This is a submission from the Housing Agency to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on "Housing for Older People" on 27th April 2018.  

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