Charity gave homes to 80 people in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

ALMOST 80 homes have been delivered to families and individuals across Limerick as part of a unique drive to help those in need.

ALMOST 80 homes have been delivered to families and individuals across Limerick as part of a unique drive to help those in need.

The Clúid Housing Association, which exists to provide high quality rented accommodation to people who cannot buy their own home, has reported that they have delivered 78 new homes to people in Limerick.

These people, all on Limerick City Council’s 2,669-strong housing waiting list, were selected by housing staff at City Hall.

When a house becomes available, Cluid alerts the local authority.

The local authority then nominates people on their waiting list who they feel are suitable to move into a rented house provided by the charity.

The charity’s regional director in Limerick Tim Porter hopes to increase the number of houses they can provide in the city.

“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,” he explained.

One such project is 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.

“There are 2,669 households in Limerick City and 335 in Limerick County 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,” he explained, “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.” Since its establishment, 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.