Housing Capital Section,
Cork City Council,
Open to Public: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Telephone: (021) 4924336 / 4924177 / 4924668
Fax: (021) 4924753
Funding for the provision of accommodation by the Voluntary Sector is available under the Capital Assistance Scheme and the Capital Loan & Subsidy Scheme. The importance of the Voluntary Sector is recognised in maximising the output of accommodation to meet social housing need and in particular in providing for special needs and sheltered accommodation.
Activity by the Voluntary Sector has increased substantially in recent years and this progress continued throughout 2005 with further projects scheduled to commence in 2006. A summary of schemes is
Under this scheme, the approved body must first of all make a submission to the local authority in relation to the scheme which it proposes to undertake. Certain conditions may attach to this approval which is then submitted to the Minister for the Environment and Local Government for sanction. The Local Authority, when the scheme is approved by the Minister, advances a loan to the voluntary body for the construction of the housing scheme.
Not less than 75% of the dwelling units are let to households that are eligible for social housing. Rents are determined taking account of household earnings and circumstances.
It should be noted that at present, the Tenant Purchase Scheme does not apply to houses provided by voluntary housing associations.
Capital Loan and Subsidy Scheme:-
|Scheme||No of Units||Status|
|Cluid Housing Association-Broad Lane , Blackpool||28||Under Construction|
|Respond! Voluntary Housing-Blackpool Flats||12||Work Completed|
Under this scheme, voluntary housing bodies provide accommodation to meet special housing needs such as those of the elderly, people with a disability, homeless, returning emigrants or smaller families. The approved voluntary housing bodies are responsible for tenancy allocations in consultation with the local authorities. A minimum of 75% of the houses in each project are reserved for persons whose applications for local authority housing have been approved by the local authority, homeless persons, or local authority tenants and tenant purchasers who return their dwellings to the local authority. However, one third of these may be allocated to eligible elderly returning emigrants. The remaining houses in a project are let to people nominated by the voluntary housing body. Rents are determined having regard to tenants means and the cost of managing and maintaining the dwellings. The local authority advances a non-repayable loan to the voluntary bodies providing the accommodation and services subject to the terms and conditions of the Scheme. The loan is fully subsidized by the Department of the Environment and Local Government.
No of Units
|Respond! Voluntary Housing-Blackpool||
|Bishopstown Senior Citizens||
|Farranree Sheltered Housing||
|Shanbally Housing Association||
|Respond! Voluntary Housing-28/29 Dublin St||
|At Tender Stage|
|Respond! Voluntary Housing-Thomas Davis St||
|Cork Simon Community-Blackrock||
|Open House – Leitrim Street||
|With Dept for approval|
A total of 1,222 units are in the Provision Framework at present.
Tir na nÓg Simon Blackrock
254 no. units were completed or were nearing completion at the end of 2005
No of Units
|5 & 6 Ballymacthomas St|
|21 Chapel Street|
|St. John ’s Well|
|Glen Regeneration Project|
|Mount St. Joseph’s II|
Ballincurrig Court, South Douglas Road
No of Units
|Brothers of Charity|
Purchase terms for 100 no. houses were agreed during the year.
No of Units
|Hollyhill Lane II||
|Part 8 Planning Approved|
|Part 8 Planning advertised|
Work was completed on Phase 1 of the Glen Regeneration Project. The demolition of flat complexes to facilitate Phase II of the Project is currently underway.
Part 8 planning approval was received in 2005 and construction work will start in early 2006.
Work commenced on Block D, Knocknaheeny at a total budget cost of €21m.
The decanting of the flats is almost completed with a view to advertising the Project under a Public Private Partnership arrangement. Planning Permission for the demolition of the flats, under Part 8 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001, was advertised in February 2006.