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€24m earmarked to bring Ireland’s vacant social housing back to use

Words: Roger Milne
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The Irish Government has announced the latest round of funding, plus targets, designed to ensure local authorities return a minimum of 1,400 void and vacant social housing units to productive use this year, at a cost of €24 million.

The move is a continuation of the government’s commitment under its social housing strategy to deliver 47,000 housing units by 2021 at a cost of €5.35 billion.

Housing minister Simon Coveney said: “Feedback from local authorities in respect of this programme is very positive. Since the introduction of the programme in 2014 valuable assistance has been provided to local authorities in dealing with vacant units and significant progress has been made in tackling the backlog.

“These measures will also greatly assist local authorities in achieving quick turnaround and re-letting times for such units.”

Since its introduction in 2014 the Department for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government's so-called Voids Programme has provided approximately €85million of funding which has result in more than 7,200 properties being returned to productive use.

A key priority of this scheme is to rehouse homeless families in homes that have been restored to an energy-efficient condition.

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