Schemes to Support Voluntary Housing and Cooperative Housing Bodies

Schemes to Support Voluntary Housing and Cooperative Housing Bodies

Voluntary and CoOperative Housing is supported by Local Authorities and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the following schemes

Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS)

Through this scheme the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government provides support through capital funding for the delivery of housing accommodation.

This can be through the construction or acquisition of housing accommodation to cater for:

  • homeless persons
  • older people
  • people with a disability.

There is a particular emphasis on moving people with a disability from a congregated setting into community based living.

Applications for the Meath area must be made through Meath County Council.

Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF)

CALF is a new hybrid scheme that allows Voluntary Bodies to purchase properties with a part loan obtained through the Local Authority. The rest of the purchase money is sourced by the Voluntary Body themselves through their own resources or private finance.

The purchased units are then entered into a Long Term Leasing arrangement for the term of the loan. They are made available for applicants from the Local Authority Housing Waiting List.

This innovative scheme is seen as the way forward to providing high quality social housing through the Voluntary Housing Sector in the least costly way to the public purse.

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