Voluntary Housing Associations
Voluntary Housing Associations were established primarily to provide good housing in a safe environment for elderly and disadvantaged people. Setting up and bringing these projects to fruition is challenging and rewarding work. From the conception stage to planning to funding to construction and finally to occupation it is a very visible and noteworthy participatory effort. It gives great satisfaction and community recognition to the volunteers who give their time so freely.
Once the projects come to fruition the ongoing administration and management of the housing projects become very mundane. Dealing with day-to-day maintenance, rent collection, tenant problems, accounting, administration, regulatory compliance and health and safety issues are often time consuming and unrewarding. In the nature of things one or two dedicated committee members are left to get on with these tasks in an increasingly challenging environment.
In a changing and challenging regulatory and legal environment associations must ask “is their management resource sufficient to meet the changing demands evolving now, and more especially, into the future?” Problems with tenants, with rent collection, with breaches of contract, with anti social behaviour, with maintenance and renewals are time demanding and stressful particularly when tenants are known to the volunteers for many years.
Professional management backup provided by Voluntary Housing Support Services ensures that the necessary expertise is available at all times. Central services provide experienced, timely and proactive support when dealing with association management issues. A one-stop shop for advice on the ever-increasing raft of housing regulations keeps the member association abreast of local authority and government regulatory requirements.
Set up as a pilot project initially the County Limerick Housing Services Company CLG (Charity No 20067908) has gained national recognition in the Grant Thornton Strategic Review of the Capital Funding schemes for Voluntary and Cooperative Housing when it refers to the County Limerick Housing Services Company’s cooperative ethos and success as follows: ‘such a form of co-operation is in place in Limerick at present and should provide a model that, in our view, could be extended across the country. (p.59)
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Charity No 20067908