Vacant Housing Shortlisted
We are on-going in our efforts to restore and revive vacant housing for our client, Louth County Council.
We are delighted to annouce that they have been nominated for a top award by Engineering Ireland for exemplary local authority works in terms of revivng these vacant houses.
Louth County Council, identified homes that had been vacant for long periods. These unoccupied residences were often a magnet for anti-social behaviour and a cause of concern for the communities affected. Often, they negatively affected the urban environment around them. Louth County Council compulsorily purchased these properties, repaired and refurbished them and returned them to use as social housing.
This scheme seeks to repair the holes and gaps that have been left in our community and architectural fabric. We seek to ‘darn’ these holes and give the communities a new lease of life. The success of the scheme can be seen in the resilient communities who have been reinforced by these minimal interventions. Working with our client, we have tried to improve the quality of life for the residents old and new by maximising the use of existing assets within the community (primarily vacant housing in this case) and utilising that asset to answer multiple social issues (housing need, dereliction and anti-social behaviour). We hope we have achieved a better outcome for all members of the communities, an outcome that will affect their general life satisfaction, physical and mental health, education, employment, security and the quality of their lives in a multi-dimensional way.
At the end of September 2018, Louth County Council had a waiting list of over 1,700 families with an additional 2,500 families availing of social housing support within the private rented sector, who have applied for transfer to a social tenancy. These families require a mix of 1, 2 & 3 bed homes with a proportion of them having additional requirements due to a family member having a disability.
Quantitatively, 42 homes have now been allocated to new families. A further 29 homes are in the pre-construction stage. It is estimated that there are at least a further 30 potential dwellings that will be identified and brought through this process.