Agenda and minutes

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Confirmation of Minutes

Minutes of the Social Housing SPC Meeting held on 30th November 2016 were CONFIRMED and ADOPTED.


Matters arising from the Minutes

Cllr Merrigan questioned the reason for holding this emergency meeting as there  did not seem to be anything urgent on the agenda.  The Chairperson replied that it was a special meeting rather than an emergency meeting and an item in respect of the Incremental Purchase Scheme had been added outside of the agenda.


Information submitted by members for written reply

No submissions received.


Directors Business


2016 End of Year Review/Future Delivery


Catherine Keenan gave a brief introduction on the 2016 End of Year Review, each section was represented and staff put in a lot of work in compiling the information for the presentation.  The presentation itself was presented by Ann Hegarty, Deirdre Baber, Maura Hickey and Marie Cronin.
































There followed a wide ranging discussion on the presentation and questions were answered by Catherine Keenan, Ann Hegarty, Deirdre Baber, Maura Hickey and Marie Cronin.


Cllr Merrigan asked that the full colour presentation be forwarded to the SPC members following the meeting and this was AGREED.


Cllr Gildea asked that the Housing Adaptation Grants information be sent to the SPC members following the meeting and this was AGREED.


The Chair thanked the Housing staff for a very comprehensive presentation, the presentation was NOTED.



Incremental Purchase Scheme

The Director informed the members that the Department was looking for feedback on the Incremental Purchase Scheme and a submission from DLR was required by 10th February 2017.  A short discussion took place and as the Incremental Purchase Scheme was discussed at length over 2 SPC’s in 2016 it was decided that it wouldn’t be gone into again at this meeting.  The members would submit their own submissions directly to the Department or to the Director to form part of the DLR submission. 


This was AGREED and the item NOTED.


Work Programme


Rebuilding Ireland - Pillar One


Rebuilding Ireland

Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness



Pillar 1: Address Homelessness


Addressing Homelessness is a key priority for DLR and as such all efforts are being made to address this issue.  DLR currently has 178 homeless individuals and 57 families in emergency accommodation.  While there has been an increase in homeless presentations in recent times it is important to recognise that 125 number of sustainable exits from homelessness were made in 2016.





Very strong progress is being made in Homeless HAP in DLR. A total of 99 HAP tenancies were provided in 2016, an increase of 96 over the previous year and to date 4 Homeless HAP tenancies have been provided in 2017.  The HAP scheme is a very important option for exits from homelessness.


Mainstream HAP will be rolled out in DLR on the 1st of March 2017.


Housing First


DLR is actively working with Housing First (Peter McVerry Trust/Focus) to secure Housing Led, Housing First tenancies for those most vulnerable. Housing-Led approaches to homelessness incorporate the provision of adequate support for people in their homes according to their needs and have the potential to produce better outcomes in the long term.



Rapid Delivery


DLR is providing 12 units at Georges Place through rapid delivery method with a further 28 homes are being provided at Hazelbrook through a renegotiated Part V land swap and 14 units at Rockville are at feasibility stage.



Repair to Lease Initiative/Buy and Repair Initiative


The Government has made €140m available nationally under the new repair and leasing initiative to encourage home owners to rent such houses on a long term basis if money is made available to refit the properties. The initiative is currently being piloted in Carlow and Waterford and is expected to be rolled out in Dublin in the coming months.  In addition, a buy and repair renewal initiative will allow DLR to buy and repair suitable housing. DLR is now looking for owners of properties who may be interested in these schemes to register their interest in advance of the scheme being announced in Dublin.



It was AGREED that this item would be RE-ENTERED in the next Social Housing SPC meeting.


It was proposed that the March meeting would concentrate on Pillar One and Two of Rebuilding Ireland and that no other items would be on the agenda for that meeting.  This was AGREED.


Quarterly Report - 4th Quarter 2016 pdf icon PDF 111 KB


This item to be RE-ENTERED at a future Social Housing SPC meeting.


SPC Future Works Programme 2017 pdf icon PDF 34 KB


This item to be RE-ENTERED at a future Social Housing SPC meeting.


Any Other Business


No other business.


Date of Next Meeting


The meeting concluded at 6.45pm, the next meeting to be held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.