HOUSING CRISIS: 2,100 Council houses will be built in Cork over next three years – says Govt Senator

27 April 2018
By Bryan Smyth

Senator Tim Lombard began his political career as a Cork County Cllr and is now a Senator.

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed that 2,154 new social homes are proposed for Cork over the next three years, plus additional rental supports.

Senator Lombard said Cork will benefit from the significant progress made to date in advancing the construction pipeline, as well as social housing delivery targets for local authorities for 2018-2021

“The significant expansion of the social housing build programme is evident in the Q4 2017 Construction Status report published by the Department of Housing.

“In 2017 we saw 1,633 social housing solutions delivered here in Cork. This includes 1,216 delivered through the Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Schemes and 417 houses built, acquired and leased by the local authority.

“One of the key outcomes of the second Housing Summit with local authority Chief Executives held earlier this year was a commitment to drive greater transparency and accountability at individual local authority level on the delivery of the targets under Rebuilding Ireland.

“In the latter part of 2017, Minister Murphy secured significant additional funding to increase the overall level of ambition under Rebuilding Ireland in the period to 2021, and also signalled a rebalancing of the strands of delivery towards construction projects.

“Overall, the Government has now committed €6 billion to support the accelerated delivery of 50,000 additional social housing homes by end 2021, through build (33,500), acquisition (6,500) and leasing (10,000) programmes.”

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said: “The building of new social housing homes by local authorities and approved housing bodies is ramping up dramatically as we can see in this construction report. These numbers don’t include new builds under Part V, voids, acquisitions or long term leases so the actual stock of new social housing coming on stream is even greater than this.

“Under the targets I have announced, a minimum of 40,700 homes will be delivered during the 4 year period to end-2021, including over 7,800 this year alone.

“Taking account of the progress already made in 2016 and 2017, this will ensure that the 50,000 target will be met, signalling this Government’s unwavering commitment to a significantly expanded social housing programme.”

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