As demand for housing in Tipperary continues to grow, housing associations have taken a central role in meeting housing need.
9,787 households are currently waiting for a home in Tipperary.
Clúid, Ireland’s leading housing association has said that innovative housing solutions are the key driving force to delivering housing to people in need.
Clúid Housing Association’s Head of Policy, Simon Brooke said: “Where local authorities delivered social housing in the past, future demand will be met through housing associations like Clúid. A key reason for this is that capital spending has been cut dramatically, and housing associations can access debt finance to fund social housing provision.”
He added: “Innovation will be key to future growth as new housing procurement routes are established and developed.”
Clúid is one of the largest housing associations in Ireland, currently delivering 3,664 homes to low income families and single people, older people, people with a disability and Traveller families all over Ireland. The government’s Housing Policy Statement, published in June 2011 placed housing associations ‘at the heart of the government’s vision for social housing provision’.
Mr. Brooke said: “The housing association sector is undergoing a massive change. Housing provided by housing associations is no longer 100% funded by the government. In fact capital spending on the provision of social housing in Ireland was cut by a huge 72% between 2008 and 2012. So to make the best use of the very limited government funding available we are now sourcing alternative funding through new sources.”
Pioneering housing projects delivered by Clúid recently have included procuring housing through leasing schemes. “There is a significant amount of new, unoccupied housing left over from the previously buoyant property market around the country. This provides an opportunity for housing associations to get involved in long term leasing, in turn providing housing to those in need.
“There are also local authority owned unsold affordable housing, originally built for sale by local authorities as affordable homes to people who could not afford to buy on the open market. Due to the downturn, some of these properties could no longer be sold. These can be made available to housing associations to house people in need.
“At a time of huge government cutbacks and growing housing waiting lists, the need for good quality affordable housing has never been greater and Clúid is determined to meet that need.”