Louth social housing under construction report published

Funding announced in bid to tackle homelessness crisis

Dundalk Democrat

Reporter:

Dundalk Democrat

Castlecourt Castlebellingham

Castlecourt, Castlebellingham, Co Louth

AN updated list of the 36 social housing construction schemes in Co Louth that are at various stages has been published alongside a funding announcement.

The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy published an updated status list of social housing construction schemes that are advancing in Louth and across the country.

The link to the pdf report is as follows: http://rebuildingireland.ie/install/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Q3-2017-Construction-Status-Report.pdf

Minister Murphy confirmed yesterday (December 6, 2017) that the Government has approved an extra €100 million for housing and homelessness for 2017.

This brings to €1.4 billion the funding that is being provided in 2017 by the Government for housing and will support the delivery of new homes, family hubs and emergency accommodation for those that need them.

Of the €100 million, €92 million is being provided for the local authority capital programme and €8 million is being provided to deliver homes under the National Regeneration Programme.

The report shows the picture at the end of Quarter 3 of 2017, where there are now almost 12,300 new social homes that are being advanced by local authorities and approved housing bodies across the country, including those that are on site, in planning and those completed since 2016.

“We have committed to publishing quarterly updates regarding social housing construction schemes and this latest one is to the end of Quarter 3 of 2017," said Minister Murphy.   

"All of the listed projects, that in total are delivering 12,300 new homes, are important to people on the waiting lists around the country. 

"There are 3,660 new homes now under construction, on top of those already built since Rebuilding Ireland was launched, with more starting on site in early 2018. 

"Each of these homes is, or will soon be, a high quality social home, with good design and sustainable communities, as central priorities in their design and location."

Minister Murphy added: “This is the first social housing construction status report that I have published since we announced that the target for delivery of social homes under Rebuilding Ireland has increased to 50,000, from the original target of 47,000.