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Thursday 15 November 2018

Housing units for elderly opened by Minister on Estuary Road

Pauline Downes, a resident of St Benedicts, Malahide welcomed Minister Eoghan Murphy to her home when the Minister officially opened the second phase of the housing scheme. Also pictured are Mayor Anthony Lavin, Fingal County Council and Liam Casey, East Regional President, Society of St Vincent de Paul. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic
Pauline Downes, a resident of St Benedicts, Malahide welcomed Minister Eoghan Murphy to her home when the Minister officially opened the second phase of the housing scheme. Also pictured are Mayor Anthony Lavin, Fingal County Council and Liam Casey, East Regional President, Society of St Vincent de Paul. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

The second phase of a housing development for the elderly on Estuary Road in Malahide has been opened by the Minister for Housing.

Phase 2 of the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP) St Benedict's Housing Scheme at Estuary Road, Malahide, County Dublin was officially opened by Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government

St Benedict's Phase 2 scheme provides an additional eight one-bed units of accommodation for the elderly to the Society's existing scheme of 37 units. The scheme was funded by Fingal County Council and the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government through the Capital Assistance Scheme and were delivered to a very high standard completed one and within budget.

The first phase of St Benedict's was completed in 2009. It comprises 37 units of housing, a mix of one-bed and two-bed units plus a community facility.

The scheme has been delivered by the commitment and dedication of the local volunteers of the SVP St Benedict's Conference and is managed and maintained through a volunteer-led approach supported by an on-site housing manager.

The commitment and dedication of the volunteer Conference is key to the ongoing successful management of both the housing and tenants and is very much the added value element to the housing delivery. The vision and work of the local volunteers has realised the delivery of accommodation that can sustain older people and people with disabilities to live in their community independently.

The volunteer-led approach has translated into ensuring an effective design solution in the delivery of the scheme and also ensures the ongoing highest standards in the management and maintenance/upkeep of the scheme. The Housing Manager provides day to day support to tenants, advocating on behalf of vulnerable tenants, communicating with other professionals and external agencies on their behalf regarding facilities, services, entitlements, and so on.

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