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ICSH National Social Housing Conference 2023 supported by AIB

From Vision to Reality: Transforming Communities Through Placemaking with Social and Affordable Housing

18th & 19th October 2023 – Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford

This year’s ICSH National Social Housing Conference, From Vision to Reality: Transforming Communities Through Placemaking with Social and Affordable Housing, took place in Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford on October 18th and 19th. The focus this year was on placemaking and the role of social housing in creating vibrant communities, revitalising urban and rural neighbourhoods and adding value through innovative design, management, inclusion and engagement.

With the acute challenges of the current housing supply and affordability crisis and the policy backdrop of Housing for All providing the momentum and framework for much of the social housing sector’s work, this conference focused on the vital work that is being done in providing housing solutions. Examples of innovations and good practice from across Ireland were discussed and expert speakers from further afield presented their experiences and their application to Irish housing challenges.

Now running for over 20 years, the ICSH National Social Housing Conference is a landmark event for housing professionals, leaders, innovators and stakeholders from the non-profit, public and private sectors.  

As always, we hope that conference sessions provided learning, provoked debate and inspired action.

Speakers and themes

Conference sessions considered:

  • Building vibrant communities through social housing
  • The potential of planning changes
  • Combatting dereliction
  • European funds to drive innovation
  • Communicating the message of placemaking and social housing
  • Asset management and protecting investments
  • Cost rental and creating affordable housing options
  • Delivering housing with supports
  • Partnership working
  • Housing finance opportunities
  • Regulation and the future of social and affordable housing

Community Housing Awards

The winners of the 2023 Community Housing Awards, sponsored by Allianz, were presented at the conference dinner on the evening of the 18th. The awards will be presented by RTÉ’s Anne Cassin.