Friday, July 24, 2015

Bridge Camphill gets funding for new homes

The Camphill Community in Kilcullen has received funding of €611,600 for the construction of four new houses from the Department of the Environment, writes Brian Byrne.

The Community has also received further funding of €172,168 for the acquisition of two home units from Kildare County Council.

The funds are part of a €4.3m allocation to Approved Housing Bodies in County Kildare for housing units specifically focussed on vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and and those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The funds have been welcomed by Deputy Martin Heydon, who says the newly acquired homes will be ready for people with housing needs this year while the newly constructed homes will be completed by 2017.

"The investment will directly benefit these individuals and their families and will greatly help to reduce the pressure on Kildare County Council," he said. "The Camphill Community provide great facilities in Kilcullen and other locations in Kildare and this funding will now allow them to further develop those facilities in Kilcullen and other areas which is testament to their hard work."

Other organisations aided by the Kildare funding include the Circle Voluntary Housing Association (€800,000), Clanmil Housing Association (€712,882), Focus Ireland Housing Association (€566,730), the Peter McVerry Trust (€1,125,625) and the Tuath Housing Association (€306,450).

This announcement comes on the back of the announcement by the Government in May of increased funding for local authorities to undertake adaptations to houses to support people with a disability and the elderly. "The construction and upgrading of these housing units will also help create local employment, the benefits of which will be felt by businesses in our community," Deputy Heydon concluded.