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Carbery Housing Association, based in Skibbereen, West Cork, has purchased 6 more homes in Cork City and County, where families are unable to meet mortgage costs and are at risk of repossession. The purchases have been funded by a commercial loan from the Housing Finance Agency and the AIB Bank, as topped up with standing loans (CALF) from the two Councils.

CHA is negotiating additional loan funding and the purchase of a further 17 properties throughout Cork under this Programme. The purchases of a further 3 properties are held up due to financial charges on their titles from the two Councils. This is due to the fact they were purchased under the Affordable Homes Programme, where the Council supported private owners in the purchase of their homes.

“Unless these charges are waived, these residents will not be able to avail of the Mortgages to Rent safety-net and could face repossession” said Jose Ospina, Chair of Carbery Housing Association.

Today CHA also announced the publication of Tenders for its REDWoLF renewable energy project, which it is progressing alongside fellow project partner Cork City Council. The Project aims to equip social homes with solar panels, solar batteries, storage heaters and smart meters, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, as a means to help to combat climate change. “Eventually, many more existing properties will have to be improved in this way, if Ireland is to meet its CO2 reduction targets” said Jose Ospina, CHA’s Chair. The REDWoLF project is part funded by a Grant from the Interreg North West Europe Programme, SEAI and loan funding from Clann Credo, the ethical finance body.

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December 11th, 2020.

CHA is delighted to announce that as part of our commitment to making our homes more sustainable and energy-efficient, we have successfully put two of our homes into a Better Energy Communities scheme, which would not have been possible without the hard work of NCE Insulation and funding from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). These two homes now have new windows and doors as well as air-to-water heat pumps and additional insulation, meaning they will be warmer and more comfortable this Winter. We look forward to achieving the same outcome for the rest of our homes over the coming years. One tenant had this to say: "The house is certainly more comfortable and maintains/retains heat in a way it hadn't done before the retrofit...[it] is very cosy now, so many thanks."

Carbery Housing Association continues its work of rescuing families from repossession by buying 5 more properties in County Cork as of the 12th of June 2020. These properties are mostly rural, but some are in larger towns. CHA has also received the good news that two of their properties have been accepted by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for a full energy retrofit, as part of the NCE Insulation Better Energy Communities Scheme for 2020. These retrofits will benefit current CHA tenants that have been identified as ‘fuel poor’, and will provide air-to-water heat pumps, attic insulation and external wall insulation, bringing the properties’ BER ratings to a B2 standard. CHA aims to get all of their tenants’ homes retrofitted to a higher standard of energy efficiency in partnership with local and national initiatives, as well as through European projects, such as RED WoLF, in which CHA is a Partner.

As part of the Irish pilot project, several CHA properties will receive a brand new, cutting-edge, ‘smart’ solar heating and power system. Ana Ospina, Operations Manager of Carbery Housing Association and Board Member of Green Skibbereen stated: “CHA’s mission is not only to provide housing for families in need, but also to combat climate change and energy poverty. Through these small steps we are moving towards this objective.” CHA is a Sustainable Energy Community working with the Green Skibbereen group in promoting sustainable energy in West Cork.

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CHA was set up in 2001, on the initiative of local residents in Baltimore, a fishing village in West Cork where holiday home development was pushing house prices out of the reach of local people.


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