Breen welcomes more than €2.8 million in funding for Clare social and voluntary housing

July 26th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade has welcome more than €2.8 million in funding for the provision of voluntary and social housing in Co. Clare. Nationally, the Government is providing more than 800 new permanent housing units for people with special educational needs including the elderly, homeless people and people with disabilities.

“The Government’s Housing Policy Statement, which was published last year, stated that the capital budget should be targeted for those most in need. So I am delighted to receive confirmation that this significant funding is being made available for social and voluntary housing in Clare

“Funding has been allocated for the provision of Social Housing for people with special needs in three areas throughout the County. In Ennis 3 units will be built at Failte Isteach at Cathedral Court, five units are being provided for the Banner Housing at Boheraroan in Newmarket on Fergus, while 10 houses will be constructed in Clonlara. And a further 4 units will bought at various locations across Clare to provide accommodation for people with a range of needs.

“The Government is facing an extremely difficult financial situation, and budgets are very tight. So it is very encouraging to see that this kind of investment is being prioritised given the constraints we are operating under.

“It’s expected the new units will come on stream between now and 2014. Through the work of voluntary housing agencies and the HSE, these units will enable older people and those with disabilities to continue to live independently in their own community. The funding will also provide much needed accommodation for homeless people.

“I have no doubt that the provision of these new units in Clare will make a huge difference to the tenants who benefit from them.”