The units were acquired following a stock transfer from Dublin City Council
Dublin, 3rd July 2019 ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has acquired Jamestown Court in Inchicore from Dublin City Council. ALONE will provide homes for older people and undertake a phased redevelopment of the site.
ALONE will lead a redevelopment and refurbishment project of the current site, parts of which are currently steeled up, to create age-friendly one-bedroom homes for older people on the housing waiting list. This project will encompass refurbishment of the existing three blocks and the building of a fourth block.
Construction work on Block A began in June and is estimated to take 12 months to complete.
The full redevelopment project will be completed by 2022.
The acquirement of Jamestown Court was made possible with funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through Dublin City Council (DCC), combined with loan finance advanced by the Housing Finance Agency (HFA).
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, said of the development, “Today highlights the important partnership of Dublin City Council, the Department of Housing and approved housing organisations, such as ALONE, which come together to provide needed accommodation with specific supports required by our older population.”
Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “We are excited to be moving forward with the Jamestown Court project and are grateful for the assistance of Dublin City Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to make this housing solution a reality. Looking ahead to 2022, there will be 50 age-specific homes available to provide secure and supported housing for older people. This is an important step in the right direction for older people’s housing.”
Tenants will be provided with support from ALONE’s housing officers and support workers and will also be offered the organisation’s pioneering BConnect assistive technology to support them to age at home.
Moynihan continued, “There is huge demand for housing for older people and developments such as Jamestown Court are urgently required. It is vital that supports are offered as part of housing provision for older people. The modification of units and the decision to create specific age-friendly homes is also essential when looking to cater to Ireland’s ageing population. There are more than 200 older people with housing difficulties on our waiting list. ”
Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with ALONE and facilitate the redevelopment of Jamestown Court to provide homes equipped to support older people on our housing waiting list. This collaborative approach from DCC and organisations such as ALONE are imperative for the continued delivery of homes for those facing housing need.”