Hope And Homes First Press Release

Building Homes, Building Communities, Giving Hope.

Galway has a housing crisis, and while I know this is not news to most of you, we want you to be part of the solution.

‘Hope and Homes’ is an initiative of Galway City Partnership that aims to engage people in the process of building their own homes. People will be involved in the construction of their own homes while sharing and learning crafts and skills that will be useful both now and into the future.

Since 2011 Galway City Partnership in conjunction with the Tús Initiative has seen firsthand the skills and resourcefulness of long term unemployed people through our work supporting agencies who work with families and individuals experiencing difficulties and poor living conditions in the city.

This generosity of spirit amongst this cohort of people and the way they too support and complement each other in their daily tasks has awakened all to the reality of this social economics and the power that’s evident in this amazing resource. ‘People Helping People’

So last year a group of us came together to try and find a way to address the current housing crisis and inadequate accommodation overall. We quickly realised that the current housing system was a major part of the problem so we started looking for alternative answers.

In the UK we saw Community Lead Housing initiatives which were able to provide affordable housing for a wide variety of people. In Belgium the Interreg projects were looking at urban renewal projects which are community owned and led.

The involvement of communities and potential residents in the construction and design of their homes fosters community spirit which will outlast any short term benefit. “Hope and Homes” will focus on the security and well being that living in an active community offers.

Across the world, from the US to Africa, there is growing recognition that the community has to be at the heart of the solution. The involvement of communities and potential residents in the construction and design of their communities fosters community spirit which will outlast any short term benefit.

We live in a country that has helped build the world. From skyscrapers in New York to motorways in the UK, we have had a part in building it all. In recent years the success of the Niall Mellon trust and similar projects have seen us help solve housing problems around the world.

Solving our housing problems is not beyond us.

This is too important to wait for someone else to find the solution.

Bringing this project to fruition will require a full range of skills. Most importantly an open mind and a willingness to work with others to address this problem once and for all.

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