The Government has announced that over €26m will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by Clare County Council designed to accommodate 26% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing.
The move comes as part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November out to 2020. Each local authority was asked to bring forward housing unit targets and specific building projects out to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015.
Clare County Council is to receive €26,065,405 leading to the delivery of 529 local authority housing units between 2015 and 2017. The Government says once completed, these units will accommodate 26% of the total number of people currently on the waiting list in the County.
The various schemes will target the refurbishment of vacant social housing units and local authorities throughout Ireland will have the option of both building and acquiring housing. The average cost of building a social housing unit is €185,000 – meaning in some parts of the country it will remain cheaper and quicker to acquire as opposed to build. Local authorities will have some discretion to adapt to local circumstances, but all will be expected to kick-start a building programme, the Government says.