Min Coveney publishes status of
Social Housing Projects nationwide

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government Mr Simon Coveney T.D. today published a comprehensive status list of social housing schemes that are advancing nationwide.

“It is important that we publish this list at this point in time so people can judge for themselves the progress in their own individual counties. Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) have the resources to progress these schemes and I want to see them providing  homes all over the country.”

 

“A rich construction pipeline is in place, which will see over 8,430 new social houses being built over the coming years.”

 

Local Authorities, Approved Housing Bodies, the Housing Agency and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government have been advancing a suite of social housing projects, through a range of delivery mechanisms and programmes, and a rich construction pipeline is in place, which will see over 8,430 new social houses being built over the coming years. This represents a major escalation and acceleration in the social housing build programme.

In terms of immediate delivery, just over 650 new social houses were built in 2016 and importantly, a further 90 schemes, delivering 1,829 newly-built social houses, went on site in 2016.

 

“Just over 650 new social houses were built in 2016 and importantly, a further 90 schemes, delivering 1,829 newly-built social houses, went on site in 2016.”

 

Projects continue to be prepared and brought forward by Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. The Department will continue to approve projects to ensure that there are sufficient projects advanced and ready to avail of the significant increases in funding that will be available over the coming years. In the context of the Housing Needs Assessment, published in 2016, we will also ensure that new homes are delivered in the communities that need them most.

Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness sets out the Government’s ambitious social housing programme to deliver 47,000 new social housing units by 2021, with funding in place of €5.35 billion. Of these 47,000 new social houses that will be delivered for citizens, 26,000 of these will be homes that will be delivered via construction or in some cases through major refurbishment works.

 

“The Department will continue to approve projects to ensure that there are sufficient projects advanced and ready to avail of the significant increases in funding that will be available over the coming years.”

 

“I accept that progress has been at times slow on the build side of the social housing programme but we have a major pipeline of projects now and Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) must get on with the job of building them,” concluded Minister Coveney.

The list of projects on a county by county basis are available in the Social Housing Construction Status Report Q4 2016.

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