Housing Poverty in Ireland

  • 50 people served in FY18 50 people served in FY18
  • +2,000 volunteers hosted +2,000 volunteers hosted
  • Projects: construction, renovation, community support Projects: construction, renovation, community support

Early in 2001, a group of enthusiastic individuals and representatives of churches and housing organisations from Dublin got interested in Habitat’s fight against poverty housing. In June 2002, a core group headed to Durban, South Africa, for the Jimmy Carter Work Project in order to experience the work of Habitat for Humanity firsthand. Upon their return, they formed a steering board and started an affiliation process. At the end of 2002, Habitat International’s board of directors met in Belfast and approved Habitat Ireland as a national organisation.

The housing need in Ireland

Affordability of housing is one of the biggest problems in Ireland, especially for low-income families. This problem has been worsened by the 2008 economic crisis and the rising price of housing, rent and utilities. Many families simply cannot afford to become homeowners.

Overview of our programmes

  • Local renovation program in Dublin
  • ‘A Brush with Kindness’ Programme in Dublin
  • Project support
  • International volunteers
  • Corporate partners

Tackling housing poverty in Ireland and abroad

Local renovation program in Dublin Habitat Ireland’s Irish based construction program seeks to partner with Dublin City Council and other…

Local renovation program in Dublin

Habitat Ireland’s Irish based construction program seeks to partner with Dublin City Council and other charities to increase access to simple, decent housing for low-income families and vulnerable groups. Our team partners with local organisations to renovate homes in partnership with low-income families in Dublin City Centre.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s local renovation program seeks to advance Habitat’s mission in Ireland by providing opportunities for low income-families to become first-time homeowners while engaging the Irish public as witnesses and ambassadors for simple, decent housing in their own community.

‘A Brush with Kindness’ Program in Dublin

The ‘A Brush with Kindness’ program sees Habitat Ireland partner with like-minded organisations to renovate or refurbish housing facilities for vulnerable groups. In the current economic climate, charities are being squeezed more than ever. As resources diminish, the need for the services they provide are at an all-time high.

This initiative enables Habitat Ireland’s partners to increase their capacity to deliver their services while Habitat works towards a vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

International volunteers

The Global Village program is Habitat Ireland’s international volunteer program that engages members of the Irish public to travel overseas to volunteer on Habitat projects for 1-2 weeks.

The trip is a unique, grassroots experience in which volunteers work alongside the future homeowners and are immersed in the local culture. Since 2002, more than 2,500 volunteers have travelled overseas with Habitat Ireland, raising €2 million for Habitat building projects overseas.

Project support

Since 2007, Habitat Ireland has partnered with Habitat Zambia on the implementation of an Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project which is generously supported by Irish Aid and Irish Global Village volunteers whose donations have helped transform the lives of the families that Habitat work alongside.

The overall aim of the project is to improve the lives of OVC and their caregivers through the provision of adequate housing, water and sanitation services, the attainment of land tenure rights, facilitation of livelihoods and an increased knowledge and understanding of the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Corporate partners

Notable support is received for the Local Renovation program in Dublin from companies including Salesforce, AIB, JPMorgan, SanDisk, SAP and the Irish Medical Council. Corporate partnerships can take the form of direct financial support of local projects or corporate volunteering onsite in Dublin.

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