Monday 30th August 2021: Co-operative Housing Ireland was delighted to launch Inbhear na Sionna, an estate of 47 two storey houses and apartments delivered by CHI in partnership with Clare County Council in response to the housing need in the area.
Located off the N19 road, the homes comprise a mix of one, two, three and four-bed units. Each home has a BER rating of A3. Inbhear na Sionna was one of last remaining undeveloped residential sites in Shannon Town. It has an ideal location, close to St. Caimin’s Community School, Wolf Tone GAA Club and St Senan’s Rugby Club.
Speaking about moving into her new apartment in Inbhear na Sionna, CHI Member Róisín Fisher said, “I never thought I’d have a home like this. It really is lifechanging for us.”
She continued, “Before moving into this apartment, my daughter Laia and I were in homeless accommodation. For nearly two years we lived in BnB in Ennis. As you can imagine, it’s very difficult to live in just one room with a small child.”
Speaking at the launch, Eoin Carroll, CHI Communications Manager said, “Typically, 10% of member tenants who are nominated by local authorities come from homelessness. Róisín was very fortunate in that she had the wider support of family and friends.”
He continues, “However, our experience is telling us that many individuals and families, due to trauma, require additional support when moving into their new home beyond what is provided. Currently, the level of supports delivered county by county differ for people moving from homelessness to permanent housing. There is a need to deliver these services based on an individual’s needs and for greater consistency nationwide.”
Róisín says she feels lucky to be finally be living in Shannon again closer to family connections and ties, “Laia is starting school soon down the street, and a friend of hers from the estate will be joining her. My own little sister is in first class in the same school so it’s wonderful to know when I drop Laia off at the school gate that she will be among good friends. She’s turning five in November, and she finally has her own bedroom since we’ve moved in.”