The Housing Alliance is a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs): Clúid Housing, Circle Voluntary Housing, Co-operative Housing Ireland, Oaklee Housing, Respond and Tuath Housing.
The Housing Alliance was formed to promote the delivery of social and affordable housing by larger AHBs, to address barriers and challenges to delivery, and to promote strong professional approaches to housing management.
Members work collaboratively on a range of issues, while also retaining their independent status. Most Housing Alliance members are active members of and participants in the Irish Council for Social Housing. All exercise good governance and accountability, filing annual audited Financial Statements with the Companies Registration Office, and are regulated by the Housing Regulator and Charities Commissioner.
To deliver much-needed social housing, the Housing Alliance works in partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage; local authorities; the Housing Agency; a range of funding partners; and the private sector. Collectively, the Alliance is responsible for close to 30,000 homes nationwide. Despite Covid restrictions, Housing Alliance members delivered over 3,000 new homes in 2021 and are working on providing more than 12,000 further homes over the next 3 years.
AHBs are not-for-profit organisations that have a social purpose to provide for people’s housing needs by working in close co-operation with the Government, local authorities and relevant agencies. In particular, Housing Alliance members work in partnership with local authorities to support the provision of housing and, in many cases, additional supports.
The Government recognises that AHBs are central to the meeting of Ireland’s social and affordable housing needs, Under Housing for All, 47,600 new social homes are to be provided between 2022-26; the government target is that AHBs will provide 40% of these – equivalent to more than 21,000 social homes.