HFA awards €250,000 in funding to projects around the country

The Housing Finance Agency awards funding for community initiatives through its Social Investment Fund.

The Housing Finance Agency (HFA) has announced funding of €250,000 to support Approved Housing Bodies and Local Authorities in the delivery of community-enhancing initiatives and facilities.

Funded projects include the renovation of community centres, the development of sensory gardens, a photo memories video project for older people and barbering and hairdressing programmes targeting at-risk youths. In total, 17 initiatives from 14 organisations across nine different counties were chosen.

The HFA, which provides financing to support the delivery of social and affordable housing, awards community project funding to customers each year through its Social Investment Fund.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that will complement the communities in which HFA-financed homes are built.

Announcing the funding awards, Housing Finance Agency CEO, Barry O’Leary, said:

“The HFA is delighted to support these diverse and creative initiatives and we look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on communities across the country. We see how hard our customers work to deliver social and affordable housing and, with our Social Investment Fund, we recognise the importance of developing community facilities and supports alongside those homes.”

Davina Mooney, Housing Officer at Clúid Housing, welcomed the Social Investment Fund award, which will support the transformation of a community greenspace in Cork:

“We’re delighted that work will soon begin on the greenspace at Millbrook. This project promises to be transformational for Millbrook residents and the wider community, encouraging them to take advantage of the outdoors and all the benefits that brings. This part of Kanturk is very diverse, with a range of nationalities, ages and family types making it their home. This funding from the HFA will allow the greenspace to achieve its full potential and become a focal point for the local community.”

Louise Thompson, Head of Housing & Communities at Tuath Housing, also welcomed the announcement of funding, which will facilitate a hairdressing and barbering initiative for at-risk young people in North Dublin:

“Tuath Housing is delighted to have been awarded funding from the HFA for the ‘Hair Together’ initiative. This creative teaching approach seeks to educate young people, helping them to understand their emotions, empowering them to have confidence in their own abilities and improving their overall wellbeing. The support from the HFA for this this innovative initiative is greatly welcomed.”


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Notes to Editors:

A full list of funded projects can be found here.

The Housing Finance Agency is a State-owned body that provides financing to Local Authorities, Approved Housing Bodies and Higher Education Institutions for housing-related purposes.

The HFA Social Investment Fund provides up to €250,000 in funding to customers to support projects that complement housing schemes and nurture community development.

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