The homes of 30 vulnerable men have been secured through the sale of Carraig Eden, Greystones, Co. Wicklow for less than the asking price of 2.2million euro. The sale between Irish Assemblies of God and Wicklow County Council and the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government will allow Tiglin to continue providing housing and support for vulnerable men.
Tiglin Board Member, Keith Flynn said: “The deal would not have come about without the hard work of our Chairman, Aubrey McCarthy and CEO, Phil Thompson who have invested greatly on a personal level to make sure that this home was secured and that the future of this service is a bright one.”
Phil Thompson, CEO and from Greystones said: The homes of 30 men living in Carraig Eden was in jeopardy over the last few months because the building was up for sale. Tiglin first tried to purchase the property over two years ago but due to an increase in the purchase price were unable to secure the necessary funds, needless to say, we are really delighted to have finally reached a deal.”
Aubrey McCarthy, Chairman said: “The sense of relief for the residents is immense, Carraig Eden is such a lifeline to these men. The residents have got what they truly deserve, a home and and fresh start. Tiglin look forward to seeing this service continue and grow in Carraig Eden and we are grateful for the wonderful support that came from so many people over the past 12 months.”
Resident of Carraig Eden, John said: “I feel so relieved that a deal has been reached, now I don’t face eviction and uncertainty, I have a home and stability. This means the world to me and all the residents at Carraig Eden. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible. Particularly, the Irish Housing Network who really helped us with support and advice during a very uncertain time and Stephen Donnelly who didn’t give up on us.”
Thompson concluded: “Thanks to all the hard work of Stephen Donnelly TD; Jackie Carrol Wicklow County Council; Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD; the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD and John Brady TD. Without them, this agreement would not have been possible. Stephen Donnelly mediated on all aspects of this deal over the past few months and we are deeply appreciative of his help.”
Carraig Eden is home to 30 men who have completed a rehabilitation programme in Tiglin, Ashford, Co. Wicklow. The housing gives them the opportunity to find work and educational opportunities in a safe and sober environment. The men act as a support for each other as they continue on their new path of life.
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.