Minister Noel Ahern T.D. officially launched our first two projects in Cork on March 25th 2003. He spoke of the need for supportive housing and the need for collaboration at all levels in relation to our work.
Other speakers on the day included the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor John Kelleher, Pat Foley (Chairperson Good Shepherd Services), Stephen Carney (Director of Housing Cork City Council), Tom Ryan (Programme Manager Southern Health Board), Eamonn Martin and Jean Quinn (Joint Chief Executive Officers Sophia Housing) and Leonie Masterson (Chairperson Sophia Housing).
We are now at seven different locations in Cork City. One project consists of nine 2-bedroom apartments at Sullivan’s Quay. The second block of five apartments is at South Douglas Road. Staff have been employed and tenants have been housed. We collaborate on this project with the Good Shepherd Services in Cork.
We have also leased three apartments from Cork City Council and are operating a pilot programme for men at Leitrim Street. Sophia had great support from Cork City Council and the local Health Board in the setting up of this project.