Minister allocates second round of funding to support vacant unit programme
Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, yesterday allocated €15m in funding to bring back into use 1008 vacant local authority units. The funding is part of a year-long campaign driven by Minister O’Sullivan that will see €30m invested and nearly 2,000 vacant houses returned to beneficial use.
According to Minister O’Sullivan, “I am determined to use every lever available to me to increase the number of social homes. One of the biggest scandals of recent years has been the high number of vacant, boarded up local authority homes. Today’s allocations will refurbish 1,008 of these units and transform them into family homes. It brings to €30m the amount invested in this important programme this year. This investment will see nearly 2,000 local authority homes coming on stream over the coming months.”
The investment will create and sustain hundreds of jobs in the construction sector. In framing proposals local authorities were encouraged to examine the role that community based organisations who recruit, train and engage long-term unemployed people can play in the refurbishment programme.
“This is a positive programme that increases social housing supply quickly. I expect many of the new homes refurbished under this programme to be tenanted in the coming months and I intend to issue a report on completions and tenancies of new homes at the end of October. The refurbishment of boarded up houses is also a very positive development for a local community as it removes an eyesore and a space that can often become a focal point for anti-social behaviour.”
- In April 2014 the Minister announced €15m to kickstart the refurbishment of vacant local authority houses. This funding was provided for in Budget 2014. That €15m investment will bring back into use 953 homes. Work on this part of the programme is already underway.
- In May 2014 the stimulus package announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, TD, contained €50m for social housing. €15m of this funding is being used for the allocations announced today that will bring back into use 1008 units.
Details of the allocations are below.
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