Amid the height of the pandemic in 2020, Respond was successful in providing 132 new affordable homes in Cork. According to statements found on Respond’s website, it is an Irish non-for-profit housing association that seeks to create homes for social investment instead of financial gain. Another of its goals is to supply homes to those that are vulnerable in society, such as those with uncertain living situations.
Last year, the association accepted over 2,400 new residents in its properties and has already begun to build an additional 907 new properties. The company’s 2020 Annual Report was created by Darragh O’Brien, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Housing, TD that had also provided 572 new affordable and social homes across Ireland.
Respond’s CEO, Declan Dunne, has commented that from the beginning of its present building plans in 2018, the company has already completed 1,294 houses. Currently, Respond expects to considerably increase its delivery of new homes from the end of 2021 to the initial quarter of 2023. The beginning of 2023 will mark the completion of the association’s present strategic scheme.
He continues to say that the ESRI has suggested that Ireland enhances its investment in the construction of new homes. According to Dunne, by the government raising its investment in repayable loans by way of a multi-annual property scheme through the Housing Agency and Department of Housing, Respond has a chance to take action. With this scenario, Respond would be able to raise its home output speed and guarantee good quality for the properties’ costs.
Another member of Respond has commented as well. The company’s chair, John O’Connor, has said that they are only increasing the goals of their strategic plan. When they originally set their goals, there was a target to create 2,500 new homes within the period of 2018 to 2023. Early on in 2021, they were able to increase this figure to deliver 3,500. Looking into the future, Respond may potentially be able to increase the number again in the next couple of years.
The first of Respond’s developments finished in 2020 include those of Market Green, Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork. In this area, there have been 42 new housing units in a community building that consists of both two- and three-bedroom homes.
In Coolroe, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, there has been the creation of 44 homes that include one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as two- and three-bedroom homes and three-bedroom duplexes. Lastly, the Duntahane, Fermoy, Co. Cork developments consist of 46 units and a community building. These include a combination of two-bedroom apartments and two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes. This compound is located southwest of the Fermoy town centre and includes homes that accommodates general needs housing, homes for persons that live with disabilities, and senior living housing.
O’Callaghan, Gavin. “Housing Association Delivered 132 New Social Homes in Cork During Coronavirus Pandemic.” CorkBeo, 15 July 2021, https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/housing-association-delivered-132-new-21062506.