The news that Wicklow County Council has agreed to purchase Carraig Eden in Greystones from the Irish Assemblies of God has been welcomed by Cllr John Snell, Cathaoirleach of the Council’s Housing and Corporate Estate Strategic Policy Committee.
He said: “Tiglin has been operating it’s housing model in this property since 2009 and has succeeded in preventing homelessness in individuals who have taken the necessary steps to rehabilitate and become addiction free. The purchase of this property will allow Wicklow County Council to continue to work with Tiglin to ensure that the long-term needs of the facility’s residents will be addressed by their progression into sustainable, long-term tenancies via the various social housing supports available. A strong referral pathway has been created between Wicklow County Council and Tiglin and this collaborative approach has provided an end to homelessness for a cohort that is largely unreached”.
Mr Bryan Doyle, Chief Executive, acknowledged the foresight and commitment of Minister Eoin Murphy in authorising increased funding to ensure that this opportunity to provide accommodation for homeless people who have achieved an addiction free status as per current national strategy was not lost.
“This housing-led approach to combating homelessness is enshrined in ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ and is a commitment in the Mid East Region Homelessness Action Plan for Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. I would like to acknowledge the commitment of the vendor who accepted a below market value figure of €2m to ensure the work of Tiglin could continue. Wicklow County Council will now purchase and further develop the property to facilitate the current and future residents and to provide other accommodation to combat homelessness”, he stated.
The staff of Housing in Wickow County Council worked closely with Tiglin in making the application for funding to the Department of Housing, Community and Planning who were strongly committed to this project. Subsequent negotiations with the vendor, facilitated by Minister Simon Harris and Deputy Stephen Donnelly, resulted in an offer of €2m being accepted.