Co-operative Housing Ireland took home an award in the ‘Building Community’ category for the collaborative effort between CHI and Member tenants living in Halliday Mills, Dundalk, to build a happy and thriving community. The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) Biennial Allianz Community Housing Awards, which recognises innovative and sustainable social housing projects delivered by Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) and local authority partners, took place in the Clayton Hotel, Wexford.
Halliday Mills is an apartment complex of 85 a-rated CHI apartments and Member tenants moved in in January 2022.
Speaking about the community’s growth and evolution, CHI Member tenant and Halliday Mills resident Inga Perkone said, “With all the events and initiatives that have taken place, more and more people have shown up and engaged. Lar Roddy, our CHI Housing Officer is brilliant, he’s someone we can rely on. More and more people are showing up because of they see and appreciate the effort put into community gatherings. There are issues with anti-social behaviour, but they are being dealt with, they’re not ignored. Going forward, I would like to see even more people get involved in the committee.”
Many community events and initiatives have been organised by the Halliday Mills Member Association in cooperation with CHI, the most recent being the establishment of a piece of colourful community artwork by artist Seán Atmos. The artwork was officially unveiled by Cllr Conor Keelan and CHI Director of Housing Services and Community Engagement, David Mayner, in August.
CHI is a leading Approved Housing Body working with Local Authorities and others to meet the housing needs of low-income households on social housing waiting lists. CHI owns, manages and support over 4,700 social-rented homes across Ireland.