Jan O'Sullivan, Housing & Planning Minister Pic: herald.ie
The Minister for Housing and Planning has announced an investment boost of millions towards social housing in Ireland.
Minister Jan O'Sullivan's statement, released today, outlined a total investment of €32m that will be used to supply a mix of social and specially adapted disability housing for those currently on waiting lists across the country.
It's expected that the funding boost will see over 260 new homes come on line with €20 of the fund going towards house purchases by local authorities.
The Minister said she expects that 131 of these units will be secured before the end of the year, and she explained that the investment was made possible thanks to the good management of the department's capital budget for 2013.
"Efficient management of resources has given rise to additional resources available this year. This funding will now be deployed to purchase an additional 260 homes for families and individuals with a housing need.
A further €12.2m has been earmarked for specially adapted homes for individuals with disabilities. These will allow them to live independently within the community.
The Minister said these acquisitions have been prioritised by local authorities and will be completed by a range of approved housing bodies. It's believed that 135 housing units will flow from this initiative.
“This year my Department will invest some €285m on important capital projects that provide homes, transform communities and support jobs," Minister O'Sullivan said.
“While the housing capital budget has been subject to significant reductions in recent years the investment we are making is producing positive results for communities, families and the Irish economy,” she added.
It's expected that Dublin City will see the highest number of acquired units with 27, followed by Fingal with 19 and Cork City with 15.
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