We were delighted to be joined by friends and supporters for the official opening of the Rafter's Lane complex.
Walkinstown Housing Association officially opened a new housing complex in Dublin 12 for older persons and people with disability.
On Monday, December 16th at 4PM Walkinstown Housing Association (WHA) in collaboration with Dublin City Council (DCC) opened 11 new homes for older persons and people with disability in Rafter’s Lane, Drimnagh.
The development, which is comprised of 10 one-bed apartments and a 5 bedroomed unit, has been spearheaded by WALK in partnership with DCC over the last five years and will see more than 15 people with housing need come off the housing list.
Chairperson of WHA, John Bourke, said, “after an extensive period of engagement between WHA, DCC, WALK and local residents we are delighted that people can now take up tenancy.”
The project originated when WALK, an organisation providing supports to people with intellectual disability, identified housing and age-related support needs within a cohort of people in their services. Dialogue with DCC helped identify similar needs within people on their housing list and when the potential in the site at Rafter’s Lane was considered the opportunity for the partnership was born.
Two men supported by WALK for the last twenty years have now moved in. Tim Chaney, 69, has lived in shared accommodation for the last 14 years and several years ago expressed an ambition to move into his accommodation. He will continue to be supported by WALK and is looking forward to decorating his new home and inviting his friends and family to a housewarming.
Patrick Dermody is a vibrant and active 80-year-old who was born in the area and who can regularly be seen supporting his beloved boys in blue at Croke Park. Patrick will move into the 5-bedroom unit and is excited about the future and meeting his new housemates as WALK continue in their dialogue with the HSE in order to ensure the resources and compatibility of those people to take up the tenancy with Patrick.
At the official launch, WALK CEO, Joe Mason, will state: “it is heart-warming to be in a position where we are opening the doors to a much-needed development when we are in the midst of a national housing crisis. Our goal is to move to full occupancy in a timely fashion and we will continue in our collaboration with the HSE in their capacity as funders of support services to ensure that happens.”
Eamonn Teague, Director of Residential Services with WALK will state: “one of our strategic priorities in the last 3 years has been to facilitate people having more autonomy in how they choose to be supported, whether that is living with others or living alone. In a period of huge resource challenges Rafters Lane is not only a significant step in people realising those ambitions but is also a testament to the drive and commitment to that vision shown by WALK and WHA.”
Joe Mason also acknowledged the help and support shown for the project over an extended period of time by Dublin City Council by saying “I want to give sincere thanks to Dublin City Council Deputy Chief Executive Officer Brendan Kenny and all his team for their support throughout every step of the journey in this and other initiatives in which we have worked together. We look forward to continued shared working and success.”Back to blog