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Minister Michael Finneran Announces €1.5 million Grant in Aid Allocations to Voluntary & Co-Operative Housing Bodies (2009)

Press release August 12, 2009 Energy & Environment

Mr. Michael Finneran T.D., Minister for Housing and Local Services today (12th August), announced the 2009 allocations towards the administrative and general expenses of a number of organisations and bodies that provide information, research or representative services in the housing area. This funding will assist such organisations in the delivery of their housing objectives and services.

A total of €1,554,548 has been allocated as follows:

Housing Association

2009 Allocation



City Housing Initiative




Focus Ireland


Focus / DCC Homeless Services


Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH)


National Association of Building Co-Operatives Society (NABCO)


Rural Resettlement Ireland (RRI)


Safe Home


Simon Communities


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul




Limerick Housing Services Co.


Thomond Housing Association


Sonas Housing Association


Blanchardstown Women’s Refuge


Total Grant-in-aid


Note for Editors.

Under the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Voluntary Housing Capital Funding Schemes, approved voluntary housing organisations provide accommodation for renting to certain categories of tenants such as homeless persons, elderly persons, persons with disabilities and families on the housing authority waiting list.

Voluntary and co-operative housing bodies play an increasingly important role in the provision of rental accommodation and the overall response to national housing needs. The allocations announced today will greatly assist the voluntary and co-operative bodies in putting in place the necessary resources and structures to plan and implement a robust programme to deliver on needs.


Sean Dunne

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
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