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Social Housing – an introduction for credit unions to the social housing community

New regulations introduced by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in 2018, allow credit unions to invest excess members’ savings into social housing through providing loans to Tier 3 Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs). To that end, a number of funds have been approved by the CBI over recent months which allow credit unions to become a funding partner to AHBs and to assist in delivering on their targets for social homes under the Irish government’s “Housing for All” strategy.

But why should credit unions invest in social housing, what are AHBs and what are the benefits to credit unions of investing in loans to the sector?

Gresham House Ireland is delighted to invite credit union executives, members of their boards, committees and related parties to register to watch the on-demand webinar that answer the above questions with a panel of key members of the social housing sector, including guest speaker, Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien.

Gresham House Ireland opened the Gresham House Credit Union Income Fund to all credit unions across Ireland in January 2022.


Housing for All and the importance of Approved Housing Bodies for delivering government targets for social housing

Guest speaker: Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage


What are Approved Housing Bodies and what do they do?

Camille Loftus, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance (representing the 6 largest housing bodies)


How do investments in social housing work?

Fidelma McManus, Partner & Head of Housing at Beauchamps LLP

Panel discussion:

Why should credit unions partner with AHBs to assist in delivering social homes?


John Bruder, Managing Director, Burlington RE Property Management

Credit Union perspective

Liz Coen, Business Financial Strategy Manager, Metamo


AHB perspective

Camille Loftus, Executive Director, Housing Alliance

Legal perspective

Fidelma McManus, Partner & Head of Housing at Beauchamps LLP


Social housing funder perspective

Antoine Pesenti, Head of Capital Markets, TradeRisks