The housing crisis, like many important things, has been pushed to the back of people’s minds, and who can blame them? There is only so much misery one person can be subjected to on the news before their ears and psyche switch off for fear of all this misery seeping in. Though no matter what defence mechanism you deploy, the fact still remains, the housing crisis has not gone away. If anything, the lockdown has hindered any definite solution.
However, one could argue that the added misery in the country has made people more aware of the need for a coordinated and effective means of supplying housing. This realisation, despite coming from a negative backdrop perhaps provides us with a light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, the crisis and more importantly, the people trying to tackle it are being recognised for the work they are doing.
Let me introduce the AHB, or approved housing body. These amazing organisations have been tackling the housing crisis for years. Often without any recognition for their effort. Tirelessly they work, either on a community-wide or country-wide basis, the goal is the same. To provide people with one of life’s most fundamental rights, housing. This increased focus comes in the form of an increased government spending on housing, which will translate into an additional €3.3 billion being made available to the AHBs. This additional budget is expected to translate into 9,500 new builds in 2021, by the AHBs.
Finally, it seems the government and population are recognising the role the AHBs play in the running of the country. Having worked in the sector for a number of years, we are honoured to work with organisations that work as hard as they do and seemingly with such little recognition. The work that they do is unparalleled and it is definitely not an understatement to say the country could not function without them. The scope of operations, even within our contacts, is amazing. From providing elderly people with the ability to remain independent in their own community to caring for people with disabilities. It is impossible to group the AHBs in any meaningful way, apart from the fact that each one of them does work that is so indescribably important to every person or family they help.
Though, without their past achievements being properly recognised, their role in supporting Ireland’s housing is set to increase massively. As demonstrated by the increase of expected output. As with any increase in output, there will undoubtedly be an increase in internal pressure, so before the AHBs get too stressed, we just want to say how thankful we are to work in the industry. We are even more glad that we can help make their lives that bit easier, and in some small way, play a part in the amazing work you do. If you work for an AHB or are one of our clients, please get in contact and tell us what work you are doing at the minute, we’d love to hear.
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