Ryan welcomes €15m fund for redevelopment of vacant local authority housing

10 March 2014

Brendan Ryan, Labour Party TD for Dublin Fingal, has welcomed the launch of a €15m fund that will see vacant local authority housing redeveloped and brought back into use as social housing.

Ryan "Local authorities must submit their proposals for the funding by the 28th March. Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan, who has worked hard to alleviate the shortage of social housing, will then allocate the funding as soon as possible. The fund should see about 500 housing units that are now vacant, brought into use for families later this year.”

Ryan “Increasing the supply of social housing is a priority and needs to be accelerated. Minister Jan O’Sullivan is doing great work with limited resources and I support her in her work. One of the most frustrating elements of the past few years is seeing void or unoccupied housing stock lying boarded up for months and months at a time. It is so frustrating for families on waiting lists to see potential homes lie vacant for extended periods of time. This funding will go some way towards speeding up the process of fixing up vacant units and I will be writing to Fingal County Council to ensure they apply to the fund before the 28th of March.”

 

Editors Notes:

Statement by Jan O’Sullivan, TD
Minister for Housing and Planning
10th March 2014

€15m Fund for Vacant Local Authority Properties Launched

A €15m fund to bring vacant local authority houses back into use has been launched by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD.

Local authorities have been asked to submit their proposals for funding under the scheme by 28th March next. Minister O’Sullivan will then make allocations as soon as possible afterwards and it is expected that the fund will bring approximately 500 vacant local authority units back into beneficial use this year.

Speaking about the initiative, Minister O’Sullivan stated, “Increasing the supply of social housing is a priority. This €15m fund will turn some 500 empty units into high quality homes for people in need of housing.

“Given the demand for social housing we need to ensure that no home is left vacant. Vacant housing cannot be tolerated – it deprives a family of a home and the vacant unit can often become a focal point for nuisance and anti-social behaviour. Tackling this issue will provide much-needed homes and enhance local communities. Funding will be allocated on the basis of equitable and evidence-based criteria which will reflect the merit and cost effectiveness of proposals and the degree of local housing need.

“With the support of Minister Brendan Howlin the Government will invest €15m in the scheme this year. The investment will also create jobs in the building and green energy sectors in local communities. Local authorities that access the fund will be encouraged to use the services of community based organisations who recruit and train long-term unemployed people for some of the required works.”

“This is an innovative scheme and I would encourage all local authorities to submit detailed proposals by 28th March next.”