Exciting new Kilcullen housing initiative to help people get their foot on the property ladder

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Exciting new Kilcullen housing initiative to help people get their foot on the property ladder

File photo: Lack of supply of affordable housing

A new group has been set up in Kilcullen to help build affordable houses for people who have been priced out of the property market.

Kilcullen Co Housing Group is working on a very exciting project in conjunction with O’Cualann Housing Alliance and Kildare County Council that will bring an initial 10 affordable houses, with a view to providing a lot more in the future through this model.

The group is holding its second meeting in Fallons on Thursday January 18.

Founder James Brennan set up the group after he and his partner experienced problems getting on the property ladder.

Not content to sit back and wait for things to happen, James drove forward this new initiative.

“We are halfway there. We now have five people who are mortgage approved, ready to go and on board. We just need five more people,” he said.

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James explained the council did not have a site in Kilcullen but the local authority identified a site seven minutes away in Athgarvan.

He said once they get the 10 people they need, O’Chualann Housing Alliance will come up with a proposal for Kildare County Council, similar to The Poppintree Community in Dublin.

Ó Cualann is a voluntary housing co-operative, with Approved Housing Body status. Ó Cualann can deliver three bed homes at between 160,000 and 185,000 — 30% below current market value.

Check out Kilcullen Co Housing Group on Facebook for more info.