Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI), Ireland’s national federation for the cooperative housing sector, has agreed a formal partnership with the Irish Red Cross in support of the organisation’s migration activities.
Accommodation offered on a charitable basis will result in an agreement entered into between CHI and the person pledging their accommodation to the Register of Pledges, as well as a separate agreement between CHI and the migrant. In this circumstance, CHI will take responsibility for ensuring that all such properties are of an appropriate standard (condition and furnishings as per standard), with a guarantee in place to return the property to the owner in a similar condition at the end of the tenure.
Liam O’Dwyer, Irish Red Cross Secretary General, welcomes the partnership with CHI, saying, “Given the expertise and experience of CHI in providing and managing accommodation, we believe that this partnership will enable the Irish public to help refugees settle into Irish Society.”
CHI have considerable experience providing housing management and co operative community development services to the co-operative members resident in the almost 2,000 properties owned and managed by CHI.
As this project involves a close partnership and working arrangement with the support services provided by the Irish Red Cross, CHI have appointed a dedicated Housing manager to provide housing management supports to the families living in these dwellings. This housing management support will cover rent payments, repairs and maintenance, tenancy support and liaison with the Irish Red Cross
As a co-operative CHI have a particular tenant focused approach to housing management that is informed by the co-operative values of self-help, mutual effort, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. This approach will support the long term integration of the migrant families into Irish society.
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