Who Are We?
Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association CLG (TLTHA) is an Approved Housing Body operating in the town of Thurles. Since the establishment of the company in 2001 and working closely with the County Council it has provided a total of 61 units of social housing accommodation in the town. While TLTHA was founded by Thurles Lions Club, who raised €250,000 for its foundation, today it operates closely with but independently of Thurles Lions Club under a separate Board of Directors.
Lion Matthew Bourke House
Opened in 2007, this development of 14 self-contained apartments provides supported accommodation for 14 vulnerable adults many of whom would have been at risk of homelessness. With a full-time staff of four, Matthew Bourke House is now an essential cog in the delivery of 24- hour supported, caring accommodation to those most in need of such accommodation in our community and the wider mid-Tipperary region. The annual operational costs of Matthew Bourke House are funded by a combination of rental income and grants from the HSE and Tipperary County Council
In 2011 TLTHA delivered 6 “move-on” apartments at another location in the town. These six apartments facilitated residents of Matthew Bourke House in their move to independent accommodation with outreach tenancy sustainment support provided by the staff of Matthew Bourke House. This outreach tenancy support ensures that the residents who are supported do not fall back on the statutory agencies for further housing support. This model works very well.
The Stanwix Village
Thurles Lions Trust, with the support of Tipperary County Council, are currently advancing two substantial housing initiatives that will assist in the delivery of much needed housing solutions in the town of Thurles. The Company recently received planning approval from Tipperary County Council for the redevelopment of the Stanwix Home. Located on Kickham Street this development, which will be known on completion as “The Stanwix Village”, will consist of 9 refurbished one-bedroom apartments in the existing Stanwix Home, 5 new own door apartments and a five bedroomed bungalow which will provide supported accommodation for four adults. The development will also have a community centre that will also be a resource for the wider community as well as home to a support centre, known as “The Blue Door”, for adults who need someone to talk to. It is anticipated that the development will be completed in the spring of 2021.
TLTHA recently acquired an existing town center housing development known as Monastery Close. Constructed as a retirement village in 2012, Monastery Close has a total of 34 one-bed apartments and two-bed bungalows. The acquisition was finalised in June 2019. A total of 26 of the units are available for occupation by approved applicants for social housing. The development will comprise a sustainable mix of adults who require accommodation, social and private, elderly and middle aged, persons with a disability and able bodied. Again, where outreach tenancy support is required, this will be provided or facilitated, if not being delivered directly by the staff of TLTHA. Located as it is only five minutes walk from Liberty Square and close to all amenities, the development is an ideal location in which to build a new community.
Our Other Projects
Acquisition of 7 independent houses
During the period 2016 to 2018, in addition to the provision of two more “move-on” apartments, 5 family homes were also provided by TLTHA. Also in the past 18 months arrangements were put in place by TLTHA with the owners of three private apartments to provide accommodation for three tenants all of whom are supported in their tenancies by the staff of TLTHA.
Roscrea Housing Initiative
Earlier this year TLTHA, in conjunction with Roscrea Lions Club, acquired a property in Roscrea and this is managed by Roscrea Lions Club in partnership with TLTHA.
Thurles Vacant Properties Initiative
The intention here is to acquire vacant, sub-standard town centre properties, undertake the necessary refurbishment works to ensure they meet the required standards for accommodation purposes and then to make them available for social and special needs housing. Such an initiative will also have the added value of revitalising and improving the streetscape of the town of Thurles. Work on one such property is currently nearing completion.