€778,865 funding for 56 local authority homes in Kerry- Griffin 

€778,865 funding for 56 local authority homes in Kerry- Griffin

Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin said Kerry will benefit from €778,865 funding to return 56 vacant local authority properties to use this year.

The move is a continuation of the Government’s commitment under the Social Housing Strategy to deliver 47,000 housing units across the country by 2021 at a cost of €5.35 billion.

Deputy Griffin said: “This funding will create 56 new homes in Kerry for homeless households and families on housing waiting lists and will greatly assist our local authority in achieving a quick turnaround and re-letting times for vacant units.

“These measures will greatly reduce the number of vacant units in Kerrry, and our local authority will continue to be supported in the remediation of any such vacant units that occur.

“Since the introduction of the programme in 2014 valuable assistance has been provided in dealing with vacant units and significant progress has been made in tackling the backlog.”

Housing Minister Simon Coveney said: “Under the Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020, and reaffirmed under Pillar 2 of Rebuilding Ireland, my Department is committed to supporting local authorities in carrying out work that both improves the national housing stock and ensures that existing social housing stock is used efficiently.

“I’m happy to be able to continue the vacant property programme and to support the local authorities in the provision of funding for these very worthwhile and important schemes for local authority tenants” .

ENDS

For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

Note to Editors

Since its introduction in 2014 the Department’s Vacant Properties (Voids) Programme has provided approximately €85million of funding which has result in over 7,200 properties being return to productive use.

A key priority of this scheme is to rehouse homeless families to the fullest extent possible in homes that have been restored to an energy efficient condition.

The Vacant Properties programme applies to both short and long term vacant units nationwide and is being allocated, as it was in 2014 and 2015, on an equitable and evidence-based system.

 

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