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CCH Conference Warwick University July 2013. Dr. Niall O ’ Keeffe Chief Executive. Overview. Housing in Ireland – Challenges and opportunities NABCO – About Us Continuing Delivery Co-operative Living – Beyond Housing. IRELAND – Economic & Housing Crisis.

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CCH Conference Warwick University

July 2013

Dr. Niall O’Keeffe

Chief Executive


Housing in Ireland – Challenges and opportunities

NABCO – About Us

Continuing Delivery

Co-operative Living – Beyond Housing

IRELAND – Economic & Housing Crisis

Unemployment: 13.6% (300,000 people)

Social Housing Need: 98,000 households (up 75% on 2008)

Vacant Houses:

Between 25,000 and 300,000 empty houses

22,000 complete and

vacant houses on

‘ghost estates’ alone

A ‘mismatch’ of supply

and demand

IRELAND – Housing Supply
  • State funding extremely constrained
  • 100% Capital Funding is over
  • Various new schemes:
    • Part funding (up to 30%)
    • Build-to-lease arrangements
  • Public funding down 84% 2008 – 2016
  • New taxation
  • Private sector funding scarce and expensive
NABCO – About us

NABCO is Ireland’s national federation for the cooperative housing sector.

Since 1973 co-operative housing has:

• Supported the provision of approximately 5,000 homes across a mix of tenures,

• Taken responsibility for the ongoing management of 1,800 homes available at affordable rents,

• Promoted the development of locally affiliated co-operative societies across Ireland,

• Provided wider community development opportunities such as Childcare and Community Services.

Affiliated Societies

Seven affiliated societies

Providing >1,800 homes

Locally-owned, locally-managed

Democratic member control

Rent and shared equity

Expanding our role – Co-operative Living
  • A vision for co-operation that goes beyond housing
  • The services our members ask for:
    • Childcare and Communty Services
    • Support for older people
    • Social care
    • Employment & Enterprise support
  • Using the resources we have on hand:
    • Local rooms and facilities
    • In-house (NABCO and members) knowledge and expertise
    • A co-operative approach to service delivery
Childcare and Community Services

Currently four services for 200 children

Low cost access for members but available to the wider community

Training available for parents to become childcare professionals

Childcare service times set to allow parents to work or attend training

A distinctive brand of Co-operative Childcare – ‘Reggio Emilia approach’

A critical tool for building community

co operative living training education
Co-operative Living – Training & Education
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Finance for non-experts
  • Training for trainers
  • Public Speaking
  • Organising meetings
  • Computer classes

Working with other Co-operatives and organisations to develop programmes

co operative living employment
Co-operative Living - Employment

In partnership with the state training agency assisting apprentices who have been unable to complete their training

Providing internship opportunities in our national office

Setting up a system to give work to members in a fair and transparent way while ensuring cost effectiveness and quality.

Innovation in Delivery
  • Co-operation and partnership is in our history and our future:
  • The first developments worked with parishes, Local Authorities, and Credit Unions
  • Ready and willing to make new partnerships and find new approaches
  • Assist State and Local Councils in effective use of land banks
  • Creating opportunity for true mixed tenure communities
  • Engaging with private finance
  • Leveraging our assets
  • Building on our co-operative connections
In Conclusion – Our experiences to date

Quality – Be The Best !!!!

Think holistically – move beyond bricks and mortar

Member-led – the needs of our communities must to be at the heart of all decisions

Where possible support the membership to promote and drive the services

Be patient and designate appropriate resources.

To be effective do not try to provide all the services internally

– seek expertise

To be truly effective and sustainable Co-operative Living must be collaborative

Thank You

Go raibh maith agaibh - Thank you