Belmullet scheme wins best in housing for people with disabilities at national awards

Pictured at  the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2019 were back row: Donal McManus (ICSH CEO), Pat Doyle (ICSH Chairperson and CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust), George Lawlor, (Mayor of Wexford), Tony Cunningham (IWA), Rosaleen Lally (IWA), Eamon Murphy (IWA), Dolores Murphy (IWA), James Gleeson (Allianz). Front row: Teresa Gaughan, Julian Mahady (IWA) Photo: Arthur Carron

Pictured at the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2019 were back row: Donal McManus (ICSH CEO), Pat Doyle (ICSH Chairperson and CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust), George Lawlor, (Mayor of Wexford), Tony Cunningham (IWA), Rosaleen Lally (IWA), Eamon Murphy (IWA), Dolores Murphy (IWA), James Gleeson (Allianz). Front row: Teresa Gaughan, Julian Mahady (IWA) Photo: Arthur Carron

The Irish Wheelchair Association, Na Fraoch, Logmore housing development in Belmullet, has won the national award for best housing for Housing for People with Disabilities at the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2019.

The awards are part of a biennial competition that celebrates excellence within the social housing sector, showcasing housing quality, innovation and partnership amongst housing associations.

Speaking at the 2019 Community Housing Awards, Dr Donal McManus, chief executive of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH ) said: “This scheme was commended by judges for its innovative use of assistive technologies allowing tenants with physical disabilities to live independently and fully as part of a supportive and inclusive community.

"The integration of the units as part of the community in Belmullet was a particular feature of this scheme. It consists of seven two-bedroom units of fully wheelchair-usable housing. Universal design principles have been utilised throughout to ensure future adaptations can be carried out as easily as possible. The homes are A3 rated and this scheme is a model of best practice housing for people with physical disabilities."

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