The Construction Industry Federation (CIF), its members and supporters have joined forces with the Peter McVerry Trust to refurbish twelve homes for the homeless in Dublin, in time for Christmas. Kedington have been an active participant in this project, contributing manpower and materials to the refurbishment work.
CIF President, Michael Stone, stated: “This unique project brought together the skills and expertise of more than thirty five CIF member firms, who have generously donated time, money and materials, all with the aim of taking homeless people off the housing waiting lists. As we are all too well aware, the number of homeless people needing and accessing accommodation over the past year has been increasing. This partnership between the CIF and the Peter McVerry Trust will make a meaningful and effective contribution to tackling this crisis.”
“When you add up all the man-hours and materials donated by our members and supporters, it comes to a value of €700,000. When you add in the price of all the final finishes, landscaping, appliances and household goods required, the project will have cost over €1m.”
Officially launched today (18/12/2015) by Ard-Mhéara BAC, Críona ni Dhálaigh, and Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys TD, the development, located at Hogan Court in Dublin 2, had consisted of a vacant building comprising twelve individual units. The properties were in need of complete refurbishment and upgrading to make them habitable, along with some external works to the site. The units, which had been used predominantly to provide housing to older individuals, had fallen into a very poor state of repair. Vandalism and dereliction meant that many of the units required extensive renovation in order to make them habitable.
The project saw extensive internal renovations of the properties, with new windows, electrics, plumbing, dry lining and improvements made to fire safety standards and ventilation. External works focused on creating a more aesthetically appealing block of apartments and accessibility for people with disabilities to the ground floor units. Landscaping of the green areas will add to the construction improvements and help achieve a significant improvement in the visual amenities in the community.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to partner with the Construction Industry Federation members and their supporters to deliver these units. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the project that has left us with twelve high quality studio apartments which are ideal for single people in need of social housing. ”
“These twelve units represented were unlikely to have been brought back into use in the coming years without the support of the CIF. Now they are not only a stable and secure home for twelve individuals but they represent a new start, new opportunities and the security and peace of mind that all people in homelessness or precarious housing situations crave.”
“The project also underlines what can be achieved when we work in partnership, have the will to achieve a clear objective and the resources to match. These twelve voids have been completely transformed in twelve weeks. This is a format that we hope will be replicated next year and in the years to come.”
The new tenants will be individuals taken from Dublin City Council’s housing list including people coming directly from homeless services. Individuals are the largest group within homelessness in Ireland, yet they find it extremely difficult to access social housing, which have historically been built as family homes. Each individual regardless of their level of need will have the support of Peter McVerry Trust’s highly skilled ‘Housing with Supports’ team. This team will work to ensure that tenancies are sustained and that residents are supported to integrate into their community by partaking in education, training and employment. An onsite caretaker will also aid the work of the housing with supports team.
Colm Lyons, Kedington Director, said: “This was a fantastic project from day one with many CIF member companies involved on a wholly voluntary basis. It was particularly rewarding to be part of this team and to help to improve the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
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