The latest successful delivery of social housing by Clúid Housing Association has resulted in seven new properties in Eskerhills, Ballinasloe, Co Galway.
Clúid has taken seven households, including six families, off the Ballinasloe Town Council and Galway City Council housing waiting list in time for their first Christmas in their new home.
Clúid partnered with Ballinasloe Town Council and Galway County Council to bring to fruition six new three beds and a two bed. The residents are settling into the new homes after moving in last month.
Clúid’s spokesperson, Marcella Flanagan said: “We are thrilled to finally see our new residents enjoying their home. The families are delighted to be home for Christmas. All were in desperate need of housing and had spent long periods on the waiting lists. We are very happy to see them all in and settled for Christmas.
“I have to thank the local authorities who worked tirelessly with Clúid to achieve a shared vision for a better future. The expertise and knowledge of housing associations and local authorities complement and work very well together.”
A spokesperson from Galway County Council said: “We would see not-for-profit housing associations like Clúid playing an important role in increasing housing provision alongside local authorities in the years ahead. Housing associations have developed considerable expertise in both housing, and community development and are in a position to access private finance. This has proven to complement the work of local government and is central to this estate’s successful development. Housing provision is no easy feat. There were delays along the way in Eskerhills due to the downturn in the economy but it is clear that through collaboration and partnership we can move the process forward efficiently and effectively, and more importantly move families and individuals into their new home.”
More than 3,000 more people are waiting for a home in Galway. Meanwhile capital spending has been cut by around 72 per cent. Ms Cormican said: “There is a huge challenge ahead of us but we firmly believe that a partnership approach is key to moving forward and increasing housing provision. Partnership brings with it a range of experience and technical and practical knowledge which is required to meet housing need in such a challenging environment.”
Eskerhills is a mixed community. There is considerable evidence that mixed communities can avoid the negative impacts on life chances that are sometimes features of low income neighbourhoods. A mixed tenure is key to creating a sustainable community.
Earler this month Clúid opened 13 apartments in An Leargán, Ballymoneen West, Knocknacarra, Galway. Clúid is a not-for-profit housing association, leading the way in delivering high quality, affordable, homes to people in housing need all over Ireland. Since its establishment in 1994, Clúid has made available more than 4,000 houses and apartments, providing housing to low income families and single people, older people, people with a disability, and Traveller families all over Ireland.