Housing Finance Agency Social Investment Fund.

The Housing Finance Agency Social Investment Fund returned bigger and better this year, with the amount available to successful applicants totalling €250,000, up from €150,000 last year. We received 28 applications this year, a very creditable response. From these 28 applications, 13 were chosen.

Some of the successful applications include:

Fitting out the Social Kitchen at the Award-winning Housing Development for Older People at New Dolphin Park, Dublin. €30,000 is provided for the scheme for FOLD Housing Association Ireland, which will provide a facility which will comprise of a fully fitted commercial kitchen, staff and public bathrooms and seating for up to 40 customers. The Social kitchen will provide hot meals, beverages, snacks, and social events for the residents and older people from the wider community, with the aim of lessening social isolation.

€30,000 is provided for the Community facility at Anne Street, Prosperous, Co Kildare, which is under the care of Kildare County Council. Anne Street is a local authority housing estate of 86 units. The Fund is for the conversion of 4 Anne Street to a meeting /training room, storage, kitchen and bathroom facilities to provide homework clubs, educational, drug, alcohol and mental health programmes and job-seeking workshops.

€25,000 is provided towards the provision of an Older Persons In-House Scheme Manager at Raleigh Square Crumlin, for Tuath Housing Association. This will support Tuath’s Housing Management team in the delivery of an older person’s service to the residents for a period of 12 Months, to help the vulnerable tenants within this development on a daily basis.

The Housing Finance Agency is pleased to be in a position to be able to support the many excellent projects that have been chosen for funding this year.