Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has said that 923 new social homes will be delivered in communities throughout County Clare over the next three years.
According to Deputy Carey, “Clare will benefit from the significant progress made in advancing the construction pipeline, as well as social housing delivery targets for local authorities up to 2021.”
“Last year,” he said, “we saw 778 social homes delivered here in Clare. This includes 520 delivered through the Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Schemes and 258 houses built, acquired and leased by the local authority.
“One of the key outcomes of the second Housing Summit with local authority chief executives held earlier this year was a commitment to drive greater transparency and accountability at individual local authority level on the delivery of the targets under Rebuilding Ireland.
“In the latter part of 2017, significant additional funding was allocated to increase the overall level of ambition under Rebuilding Ireland in the period to 2021, and also signalled a rebalancing of the strands of delivery towards construction projects.
“Overall, the Government has now committed €6 billion to support the accelerated delivery of 50,000 additional social homes by end 2021, through build, acquisition and leasing programmes,” Deputy Carey explained.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has stated, “The building of new social homes by local authorities and approved housing bodies is ramping up dramatically as we can see in this construction report.
“These numbers don’t include new builds under Part V, voids, acquisitions or long-term leases so the actual stock of new social housing coming on stream is even greater than this.
“Under the targets I have announced, a minimum of 40,700 homes will be delivered during the four year period to end-2021, including over 7,800 this year alone.
“Taking account of the progress already made in 2016 and 2017, this will ensure that the 50,000 target will be met, signalling this Government’s unwavering commitment to a significantly expanded social housing programme,” said Minister Murphy.