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Community loan for Clár Irish Centre for Housing (Clár ICH)

Clár Irish Centre for Housing (Clár ICH) was established in 2000, in Claremorris, Co. Mayo with the express aim of providing homes for older people, those with disabilities and for emigrants returning home.

Within a short timeframe and with the help of Clann Credo in providing Community Loan Finance, Clár ICH was engaged in the management of a complex of 25 specially-built homes for the elderly and disabled in Claremorris.  In addition, the organisation was involved with social housing provision for families in need, along with a range of key services in the community: rural transport, home insulation, a 'befriending' service for the elderly, childcare and local enterprise development.

In 2010, Clár ICH undertook an ambitious programme to build an additional 36 social houses in Claremorris, with grant support from Mayo County Council.  However, financial difficulties arose, and having secured financial support from Clann Credo the first time, Clár ICH once again turned to Ireland's leading social finance provider for assistance.

More recently, the organisation initiated a programme of ‘energy upgrades’ and retrofitting of an extensive range of housing stock, commercial buildings and community facilities.  Again the project was delivered with assistance from Ireland’s leading social finance provider, Clann Credo.
The retrofitting and upgrade work was carried out under the auspices of the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s Better Energy Communities initiative and helped deliver improved home and work environments for residents, better quality of life, lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions.
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Location: Ballyhanuis Road, Claremorris, Co. Mayo


"Clann Credo Clar Irish Centre for Housing – Alma Gallagher, Manager Clar ICH Clann Credo believes in community development and addressing a need in the community. Clann Credo understands what a social enterprise & community development is, they are with you every step of the way."