Rebuilding Ireland exceeds targets for the delivery of new social housing homes in 2018

  • 27,103 – the number of new households that had their housing need met under Rebuilding Ireland in 2018.
  • 8,422 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2018. (4,251 build; 560 renovated voids; 2,610 acquisitions & 1,001 long-term leased).
  • There was an 85% increase in new build social homes in 2018 when compared to 2017 (excluding voids).
  • The number of new social housing homes built in 2018 was eight times greater than the number built in 2015, the year before Rebuilding Ireland (excluding voids).
  • Construction figures from December 2018 show almost 5,000 new social housing homes currently being built across 291 sites and this is being added to on a weekly basis.
  • 38% delivered by AHB’s in partnership with Local Authorities.
  • New build and long term leasing is helping us move away from HAP solutions as demonstrated by the fact that new HAP solutions did not increase significantly in 2018, but all other delivery streams did.

Announcing the delivery output for 2018, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy said:

“Roughly one in four new homes built last year was a Social Housing Home. The new build figure is 85% up on last year and eight times higher than 2015 – the year before Rebuilding Ireland began. This is not a coincidence.”

“Our plan to dramatically increase supply is working. A real improvement was made for thousands of families last year. But still there is a lot more work to do for those who are depending on us, not least those in emergency accommodation. I will continue to drive the delivery of new houses and housing solutions, working with the local authorities and housing bodies.”

“While there is no quick fix, our housing plan is now showing real progress in the delivery of new homes and new social housing homes. We’ve also recently seen moderation in rents and property prices.”

“This is about more than delivering blocks and roofs; it’s about delivering sustainable and affordable homes and communities.”