€514,308 funding for 24 local authority homes in Clare – Minister Pat Breen.

May 8th, 2017 - Pat Breen

Minister for Employment and Small Business said Clare will benefit from €514,308 funding to return 24 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.
Minister Pat Breen said: “This funding will create 24 new homes in Clare 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 Clare, 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” .

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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.
The energy efficiency works on the Vacant Property Programme has secured ERDF funding as part of the EU Operational Programme 2014-2020 and will see EU co-financing of 50% of eligible public investment under these programmes.