Initiative Ireland Partners with CUDA to Launch New Housing Fund to Deliver Over 1,000 Homes Annually
- Planned €300 million annual fund backed by Irish Credit Unions
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O'Brien TD, today welcomed the announcement by Initiative Ireland and CUDA, the Credit Union Development Association, of their plan to launch a new social and affordable housing fund supported by the Credit Unions of Ireland.
Expected to launch later this year, the new fund will enable Credit Unions from across Ireland to avail of recent regulatory changes which empower the Credit Unions to lend to Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) through a regulated fund.
Initiative Ireland, which specialises in funding social and affordable housing developments nationwide, will act as an Investment Advisor to the fund, sourcing and managing projects with Approved Housing Bodies.
CUDA with membership of over 50 credit unions nationwide, which manage over €7 billion in assets, will lead engagement with member credit unions as a sub-adviser, with the expectation that the fund will deploy over €300 million per annum on behalf of Credit Unions to deliver over 1,000 new homes per annum.
Minister Darragh O'Brien TD said, “I would like to commend the partnership between Initiative Ireland and the Credit Union Development Association which will see the creation of social and affordable homes by our AHBs. This strategy has significant potential to make a real impact to Credit Unions, Approved Housing Bodies and ultimately the lives of people across the country.”
Kevin Johnson, CEO, CUDA said, “Through this new fund our members will play a key role in supporting an increase in supply of much-needed housing nationwide. The fund will provide competitive finance to Approved Housing Bodies which play a key role in the delivery of social housing today. As not-for-profit enterprises, they purchase and commission new social housing for long-term lease back to local county councils.”
“This activity is vital in promoting and enabling the construction of social housing nationwide. We hope to offer an ongoing sustainable and affordable source of funding for Housing Bodies and in turn credit unions will have the opportunity to deploy their members savings into a conservative, sustainably managed strategy.”
Padraig W. Rushe, CEO, Initiative Ireland, said, “As a social impact finance specialist, we are committed to strategies that deliver clear societal and environmental impact and promote financial inclusion. Over the last five years, we’ve worked with our impact investor community to deliver social and affordable housing projects across the country. Our partnership with CUDA is the logical next step, as we look to increase the scale of that impact.”
Initiative Ireland, headquartered at NovaUCD and supported by Enterprise Ireland, was founded in 2015 with the goal of providing increased financial inclusion, competition, and sustainability to the Irish Finance Market.
To date the firm has provided finance to developers and approved housing bodies in support of smaller scale projects, financed by their peer-to-peer impact investor community comprising of Funds, Corporates, Pensions and Private Investors.
All loans are secured with a first legal charge over the properties and loans are managed from end-to-end by Initiative Ireland as the loan agent. This new strategy will increase the scale of lending they will be able to offer, specifically aiding the expansion strategies of Tier 3 Approved Housing Bodies nationwide.
Sinead Byrne, COO, Initiative Ireland said, “As a values-based finance company, we’re committed to providing honest, fair and inclusive finance to deliver social good and fair returns. We’re delighted to announce our partnership with CUDA and Irish Credit Unions which were also founded on those principles and we look forward to building on that relationship over the coming years.”
30 August 2020
For more information contact Micéal Whelan, Communications and Media Relations Manager, UCD Research and Innovation, t: + 353 1 716 3712, e: firstname.lastname@example.org or Padraig W. Rushe, CEO, Initiative Ireland, t: +353 1 685 9259 or e: email@example.com.
Initiative Financial Services trading as Initiative Ireland is a private (Irish owned) financial services company and social enterprise, focused on delivering societal and environmental impact through finance and investments. It is a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investing and is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The company represents an Impact Investor Community of Funds, Businesses, Pensions and Private Investor who share their values. The company has been recognized internationally for their work to deliver societal and environmental impact, with every €100,000 invested through Initiative Ireland enabling the delivery of one new social or affordable home, reducing a household’s carbon footprint by 20% and maintaining one job, the company aims to enable investors to earn competitive returns and to do good. https://initiativeireland.ie/
CUDA, the Credit Union Development Association, was legally incorporated in 2003. In its early days it was the representative voice, on behalf of its owner member credit unions, with legislators and regulators. It has since evolved and now, as well as providing a ‘voice’, it is increasingly providing support facilities in the areas of regulatory compliance, risk management, shared services, and competency development. CUDA is a credit union owned network that enables member credit unions to engage in beneficial activities which would not have proved possible to do as single stand-alone entities. https://www.cuda.ie/
At NovaUCD, the hub for new ventures and entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, we nurture and support new high-tech companies as part of UCD's mission. At NovaUCD we provide purpose-built, state-of-the-art incubation facilities alongside a comprehensive business support programme for client companies such as Initiative Ireland. NovaUCD has been funded through a unique public-private partnership that includes AIB Bank, Arthur Cox, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, Goodbody Stockbrokers, UCD and Xilinx. www.novaucd.ie
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. The organization works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. www.enterprise-ireland.com/