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Published in Construction on 22/12/2021

2,454 Social Housing Tenants Celebrate Christmas at Their New Home

CNI Editor reports

Respond, an Approved Housing Body and service provider, said today that they delivered 624 new homes and started construction on a further 685 new homes across 11 schemes this year to date. Respond, which has a building programme valued in excess of €1bn, says it delivers homes in 15 to 18 months from commencement on site based on the homes in its current building programme. Respond currently have 1562 homes in construction and on-site. 

The organisation said that they welcomed 2,454 new tenants nationally from January to the end of November, bringing the total number of Respond’s tenants to 14,144. This number will increase again before year-end. 

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond said that it is the policy of Respond to add to the national housing stock through the construction of new homes on a not-for-profit basis, rather than buying existing homes.

“This year we were delighted to deliver 624 new social homes and to commence work on 685 additional homes. We welcomed 2,454 new tenants into their lifetime homes that we either own or manage. More than nine out of ten homes we delivered in 2021 are newly-built lifetime homes delivered on fixed price contracts. We consistently deliver large-scale, quality housing developments in sustainable locations and we have strong in-house design expertise. Our Development team includes architects, quantity surveyors, planners, technicians and more, all of whom add value to each and every construction project. 

In our Strategic Plan 2018-2023, the target of delivering 2,500 new homes was set. Earlier this year, our Board increased that target to 3,500 new homes. We are currently undertaking a Mid Term Review of our Strategic Plan, particularly in light of the publication of the Government’s Housing for All plan, and expect these targets to further increase.”

Respond reported that from January to the end of November 2021:

  • Family Homelessness Services: We worked with 188 Families; 240 children and 250 adults across six family homeless services.
  • Day care Services for older people: We worked with 175 older people in three settings, Blackpool (Cork), Finglas and Baldoyle (Dublin) from July 2021 when services reopened in lined with Covid-19 restrictions
  • Our Cork based Day Care service provided 3,678 meals on wheels this year to service users who were unable to attend the service due to Covid-19 restrictions and to vulnerable/older residents of St Francis Gardens.
  • Refugee Resettlement service: We worked with 405 individuals and 92 families in 5 counties.
  • Family Support: We supported 153 families and 70 individuals through 1-2-1 supports.
  • Early Years and School Age services: We worked with 448 children across 17 services in 2021.