The co-operative housing movement in Ireland will benefit from inclusion in a €300 million investment fund for social housing announced today. The fund, which is backed by the European Investment Bank and Housing Finance Agency (HFA) will deliver an additional 2,000 units of social housing over the next three years.
Brookview Childcare and Community Service provides pre-school and afterschool services to children in west Tallaght and has recently been upgraded using funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs through the Early Years Capital Programme 2014. The building, which is an important hub for the local community, has been re-roofed and insulated, new doors and windows have been installed and it is now inviting, warm and finished to a very high standard.
Members of the co-operative housing movement from across Ireland attended the Annual General Meeting of NABCO in Dublin on 13th December. Attendees included members from co-operative housing developments in Dublin, Munster, Kildare and Connacht.
NABCO, Ireland’s co-operative housing provider, has published a Housing Sentiment Survey that explores the issues faced by members of Irish households. This is the first research of its type that asks ordinary people about the make-up of their household, the challenges that they face, and their housing aspirations.
Ireland’s co-operative housing provider today welcomed the publication of a national Social Housing Strategy to 2020. The Strategy aims to deliver 35,000 homes over the period of the plan to substantially address social housing waiting lists and was launched by Minister Alan Kelly following a visit to a housing co-operative in Dublin City this morning.
In an article in today's Irish Independent, Kieron Brennan has called for a new approach to social housing delivery that recognises its crucial role as a key piece of social and economic infrastructure. The piece calls for a long-term vision for housing, backed by sustainable financial and policy supports. Co-operative and voluntary housing providers have responded to the economic downturn by sustaining delivery but the current scale of the housing crisis requires a fresh approach and commitment.
The homes at the Tannery in Bandon are a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses with open plan living spaces and attractive landscaped gardens close to the centre of the busy west Cork town. NABCO has previously worked with NAMA to deliver a housing development in Cobh, Co. Cork that provided homes for thirteen local families.
Ireland's national provider of co-operative housing has been nominated for a Q Mark Award in Quality Management Systems for the second year in a row. The award recognises business excellence in all areas of the organisation.
The Better Europe Alliance had published a guide to Europe 2020 and the European Semester. The easy-to-understand guide sets out the importance of the Europe 2020 Strategy for coordinating social, environmental and economic goals across Europe. It also outlines how the European Semester is used to ensure that national and EU policies, including commitments in the Stability and Growth Pact are aligned.
The European Youth Forum (the platform of youth organisations in Europe) is convinced that some of the biggest issues facing us today can only be addressed by people co-operating and that youth cooperatives can represent a strong resource for youth autonomy and inclusion. It is crucial to innovate and find new answers to the general slowdown in economic activity and the explosion of social inequalities and unemployment. Giving more space and recognition to cooperatives and social entrepreneurship is one of them.
NABCO, the national organisation representing, promoting and developing co-operative housing in Ireland are delighted to announce that Kieron Brennan will be joining NABCO as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer following an extensive recruitment process, which involved both national and international candidates. Mr Brennan joins NABCO from his his role as CEO of the Irish League of Credit Unions which he has held since 2008 and he will start his new position on the 16th September 2014.
NABCO, Ireland's national co-operative housing organisation, today commenced works that will deliver 20 much-needed new co-operative homes in Dublin's Inchicore. The new apartments at Camac Crescent will be completed and occupied in the autumn of this year.
The current economic crisis is hitting European businesses hard, and younger generations are paying most of the bill. European co-operators are convinced that now more than ever co-operatives are the business model of the future and that they are key to sustainable prosperity. As co-operative organisations, we feel a great responsibility to find ways to contribute to a solution to unemployment, especially for young people.
A seminar to be held in Dublin will explore how local communities can use the co-operative model to generate and sell their own energy.
Speaking at the SEAI's national Energy Show today, NABCO's Director of Development, Geoff Corcoran shared the Association's experience of developing warmer homes for co-operative members. NABCO has played a leading role in delivering the SEAI's Better Energy Area Based Warmer Homes initiative in the Dublin region.