Tipperary families benefit from housing association’s efforts

Clúid Housing Association has launched its 2011 Annual Report. Appropriately titled ‘Clúid is’, the report highlights Clúid’s mission and commitment to deliver homes to those in dire need.

Clúid Housing Association has launched its 2011 Annual Report. Appropriately titled ‘Clúid is’, the report highlights Clúid’s mission and commitment to deliver homes to those in dire need.

Clúids Regional Director in Tipperary, Tim Porter said: “Clúid has delivered 106 homes to individuals and families in South Tipperary and 110 in North Tipperary and there is a lot more work to do. Despite a challenging environment and a dramatic cutback in public funding, Clúid has found that the key to delivering these homes is through innovative schemes and this is a theme we are eager to continue.”

One such project, launched nationally last week was the Mortgage to Rent scheme, which will help people who are facing repossession to stay in their home. Under the scheme, the home is bought by a housing association such as Clúid and the family stays in their home as a tenant, paying an affordable rent to the housing association. Clúid was involved in the design and piloting of Mortgage to Rent and believes that the scheme could rescue up to 3,500 households on the brink of losing their home.

“It is pioneering schemes like this that will meet housing need in Ireland. There are 8,022 households in North Tipperary and 417 in South Tipperary on social housing waiting lists. Despite all the challenges, our staff have never been more determined to deliver good-quality, affordable housing to those who need it.”

The Government’s Housing Policy Statement, published in June 2011, set housing associations at the heart of the delivery of social housing. ‘Clúid is’ shares some of the innovative and successful projects that Clúid’s dedicated staff have been working on in Tipperary and across the country.

Mr. Porter added: “While Clúid is committed to delivering housing, our tenants will always remain at the centre of our work, no matter what changes lie ahead. ‘A great place to live’ means more than just bricks and mortar. Our high-quality services enable individuals and families to create homes and thriving communities.”

Clúid is heavily involved in community and estate development projects around the country, with the aim of empowering people to create thriving communities.

Clúid is an innovative, independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops and provides high-quality, affordable, rented social housing for people off the local authority housing waiting list.

The vision of Clúid is that of a society where everyone has a great place to live. Clúid aims to achieve this by providing quality housing and services to enable people to create homes and thriving communities.

Since its establishment in 1994, Clúid has made available a total of 3,578 houses and apartments, providing housing to low income families and single people, older people, people with a disability and Traveller families all over Ireland. Clúid also delivers housing and tenant services to these properties.