Cleary Doyle Construction recently completed contract signing with Homeless Care CLG and began work at Jigginstown House in Bundle of Sticks, Naas, Co Kildare, on the conversion of outbuildings into 12 apartments, and the conversion and extension of a farmhouse building into a communal centre to train young adults leaving State care to live independently in the community.
Homeless Care CLG is a charity founded by local business people in 2014, following an appeal on national radio by a Naas-based social care worker to help young adults leaving State care at the age of 18, and at risk of homelessness. The goal of the charity is to offer supported living accommodation and to teach life skills that will help young people aged 18 to 25 to progress to independent living.
In June 2015, the charity identified Jigginstown House as a suitable property and applied for Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding. With funding approval, the property was purchased in September 2016. Following surveying and an additional application, further CAS funding was applied for and approved in May 2017.
The centre will comprise 12, 40-sq m apartments in outbuildings with a farmhouse consisting of reception, kitchen, meeting rooms and a communal room, as well as accommodation for two social care workers.
John Cradock, Chairman, Homeless Care CLG and Managing Director, John Cradock Ltd, advised that Homeless Care CLG will grant a license to an established homeless care charity for the management and running of the facility.
“While it has been a complex journey, the clear vision remains, which is to help some of the most vulnerable in our community in a caring, kind and supportive environment,” he said. “Homeless Care CLG is also grateful to the CIF for its offer of support for the project with the refurbishment and extension of the farmhouse, which is not part of the funding allocation from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.”