6 March 2018
By Elaine Murphy
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley has turned the sod on a new development of social housing at Ceim Hill, Rosscarbery between Rosscarbery Social Housing Association and Cahalane Bros. Limited.
The development will see the construction of 9 houses providing long-term accommodation. Cork County Council is the sanctioning authority for the project and assisted in securing funding to the value of €2.35M from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government through the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS).
In welcoming the development, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey praised the relationship between Cork County Council and Rosscarbery Social Housing Association, “Today we celebrate the result of a long-standing relationship between Cork County Council and community-driven organisations such as Rosscarbery Social Housing Association. This is a relationship that recognises the needs of elderly people in communities and crucially provides a response to these needs.”
Rosscarbery Social Housing Association is a non-profit organisation located in Rosscarbery. Its main objective is to provide affordable housing in the Rosscarbery catchment area, specifically for the elderly population. The Association currently has 12 units, which were completed in December 2005, and are currently fully occupied.
These facilities are used regularly for a diverse range of activities to improve the lives of local people.
Chairman of Rosscarbery Social Housing Association, Dan Burke, welcomed the funding for the development which was granted by the Dept of Housing, Planning and Local Government in co-operation with Cork County Council, under the Capital Assistance Scheme. He added, “We are delighted to be commencing the construction of this development, which will complement our existing units and continue in our eendeavourto meet the needs of those who may be living in poor quality housing, or in isolated circumstances and feeling vulnerable”.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley went on to say, “This development will allow older people to live in their own homes for as long as possible and enjoy a high quality of life through established connections with the community.”
Building is expected to be completed by end of February 2019 with the properties available for older people in need of social housing from Cork County Council’s Housing list.