Last week, in Upper Sherrard Street in Dublin, the Rahman family were presented with keys to their new three-bed home by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn.
The family, originally from Bangladesh, have being working with a group called Habitat for Humanity Ireland and they help low income families get their own home.
The house was previously a derelict Dublin City council house, and was the scene of anti-social behaviour. Habitat for Humanity Ireland, along with a group of volunteers, and the family themselves, renovated the house. The family are paying a small mortgage on the home and will come off the growing Dublin City Council housing list.
Brenda chats to Vinnie Cunningham, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Ireland with David Shiels, Site Supervisor for Habitat for Humanity Ireland looking on
Brenda chats to Vinnie Cunningham, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Ireland
Habitat for Humanity Ireland fundraises to send volunteers overseas to build homes in partnership with local families and are also involved with a local renovation programme in Dublin which partners with Dublin City Council to increase access to housing for low income families and vulnerable people.
Brenda visited the house and met the new proud homeowners MD and Helena Rahman, and also Vinnie Cunningham, the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Ireland.
Helena Rahman (Habitat Homeowner) with her niece and Brenda Donohue
Colm O’Sullivan, Vinnie Cunningham, Brenda Donohue, MD Rahman, Helena Rahman, Meem, David Shiels
Colm O’Sullivan, Brenda Donohue, MD and Helena Rahman, David Shiels, Vinnie Cunningham
Habitat for Humanity Ireland are starting to renovate another derelict home two doors up from this house, and are presently appealing for potential homeowners to apply for this opportunity. In order to be considered you must be on the Dublin City Council waiting list, so if you are, then visit http://www.habitatireland.ie/.
Habitat For Humanity's previous renovation project on Emmet Road, Inchicore:
Before the renovation
After the renovation