Housing First

Novas is Limerick’s largest housing charity. We have a proven track record of service provision around Housing Health and Recovery. We provide 126 units of accommodation in the city. For more than two years we have operated a Housing First service affording entrenched homeless people the opportunity to exit homelessness and live independently within the community, with wraparound supports provided in situ.

We are now extending the Housing First programme and are providing local landlords the opportunity to end the housing crisis in their community by letting their properties to Housing First clients. Novas offers a variety of supports to ensure it is a successful experience for both the landlord and the tenant.

Dedicated Support Team: A dedicated housing support team will provide daily support to all tenants. They will also liaise with landlords as required to ensure successful tenancies.

Rent Collection Arrangements: An optional rent collection system can be arranged between Novas and the tenant with Novas transferring the rent via our National Housing Officer directly to the landlord.

24/7 On-Call System: Novas will ensure that all out-of-hours queries are responded to without delay.

Internal Maintenance Team: Novas’ maintenance team will complete any unplanned and exceptional repairs including issues that are the responsibility of the tenant to attend to.

Housing First

If you have a property to rent that you might be interest in letting to a Housing First client please contact housingfirst@novas.ie or call 061 317180 to find out more.

If you would like to volunteer your skills to support people to live independently please contact Chris O’Connor at chris.oconnor@novas.ie or on 061 370325. We are particularly looking for people with skills in the following areas: counselling, healthcare, maintenance and trades persons.

Landlord testimonial:

I first became aware of the great work carried out by Novas in Limerick in 2012 when I saw their out reach service providing much needed food and comfort for the needy on the streets.

My next encounter was becoming aware of the service provided by McGarry House for persons with substance abuse-this project has gone from strength to strength and I am glad to support it.

In late 2013 I was approached as a landlord by Novas to provide private accommodation for one of their deserving clients. While apprehensive at first I became reassured when I saw the back up provided to these tenants during twice daily visits by their highly trained staff. I agreed to a second applicant taking one of our units in 2015-now we have two very contented residents enjoying a more productive role in society.

Overall I cannot recommend the work of Novas highly enough-their organisation has a great philosophy with a caring non judgemental attitude -I am delighted to be involved in a small way.