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Pillar Two: Accelerate Social Housing

Over the period of the plan, 50,000 homes will be delivered under the various social housing programmes, together with an expansion of the Housing Assistance Payment scheme nationwide.

This delivery will be achieved through collaboration between local authorities, Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) and the private sector. It will involve new innovative approaches such as 1,500 rapid build homes, 1,600 homes acquired by the Housing Agency through a dedicated new fund and a new vehicle which the NTMA will work with the private sector to establish to provide such housing off the Government balance sheet and mixed developments on State lands.

The focus on collaborated delivery will also be a feature of supporting initiatives such as a special Housing Delivery Office in the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) drawing on a range of expertise within the public sector, as well as the establishment in the Housing Agency of a centre of procurement excellence and a one-stop shop for AHBs.

Championing excellence and high standards in housing provision is a key element of achieving wider planning and environmental aims, in all areas, urban and rural. The plan will introduce a new biennial Social Housing Delivery Awards competition organised in conjunction with local authority, tenant, housing and built environment professional organisations.

€5.85 billion will support delivery of

social houses by 2021

Pillar Actions

  • 50,000 social housing units will be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland’s plan by 2021.
  • 33,500 of these homes will be exclusively built as social housing.
  • 6,500 homes, many of which will be will be newly-built, will be acquired by local authorities (LAs) and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) directly from the market or the Housing Agency
  • 10,000 homes will be leased by LAs and AHBs. 5,000 of these will be sourced via the National Treasury Management Agency’s Special Purpose Vehicle. A further 5,000 units will be secured via a pilot Repair & Leasing Initiative and under long-term lease arrangements by LAs and AHBs.
  • We’ll put in place streamlined approvals, planning and procurement to deliver these as quickly as possible.
  • We will accelerate the rollout of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme.
  • We will prioritise the creation of mixed communities of private, social and rented housing on State lands.
  • We’ll deliver more housing specifically for older people, people with disabilities and Travellers.

Pillar One: Address Homelessness

Pillar Three: Build More Homes

Pillar Four: Improve the Rental Sector

Pillar Five: Utilise Existing Housing

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