Thursday 5 December 2019

Housing charity Respond vows to deliver 2,500 homes within the next four years

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA

HOUSING charity Respond has vowed to deliver 2,500 homes within the next four years as the homeless figures hit over 10,000 for the eighth consecutive month.

Launching its Annual Report for 2018, Respond have stated that it currently has 1,160 homes in construction and expects this number to increase before year’s end.

In 2018, the organisation supported 8,676 tenants in 3,717 social housing homes (6,254 adults and 2,422 children). It also commenced 475 new homes on-site in 2018.

Working to address the homelessness crisis, the charity also provided short term emergency accommodation with 24/7 wraparound support for 110 families experiencing the trauma of homelessness over the course of the year.

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Minister of State at the Department of Housing, John Paul Phelan, who launched the report, told Independent.ie that more than half of the 1,160 homes being built will be completed within the next 12 month.

“Obviously, we need much more than 1,160 nationally, but Respond is just one of the many voluntary housing groups delivering much-needed homes,” he said.

“This year, we’re going to have over 20,000 houses within the public and private sector for the first time before the crash. We’re still playing catch up on ten years of nothing being built,” he said.

According to Niamh Randall, spokesperson for Respond, people cannot fully participate in society if they don’t have a safe and secure home.’

“We have been very focused on building; we have 1,160 homes onsite and in construction today with a target of delivering 2,500 homes by 2023,” she said.

“We are really looking forward to handing over keys to those families who need and deserve a secure place to call home.

“What we in Respond see each and every day is the importance of a home and the security that it brings to people.

“We see the difference this makes to people in terms of their overall health and wellbeing but also their ability to engage in employment, education and training,” she said.

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