Local authorities are to get €312m for social housing projects. The aim is to build 1,700 homes. One hundred separate projects will be undertaken with the aim of completing the additional homes by 2017.
It is expected 3,000 jobs will be created in the construction phase, with all works to be completed by 2017.
The projects will be across every local authority area in the country.
Last November, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly outlined a €3.8bn, six-year strategy to deliver 35,000 new social housing units by 2020.
Today's announcement of €312m is the first phase of the direct-build aspects of that plan, where local authorities have been given the green light to proceed with projects they have identified for social housing.
The programme consists of single-dwelling developments in some areas and up to 60 units in others. Many have yet to receive planning permission but all are either green or brownfield sites.
Minister Kelly has committed to investing €1.5bn in social housing by 2017 to reduce waiting lists by a quarter by the end of that year. To hit this target, the department says further regeneration and refurbishment projects will be combined with buying and leasing schemes with local authorities and housing agencies.
Minister Kelly this morning told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that it was critically important that the Government starts dealing with the issue of supply, and that construction of units was a key part of that. He said a number of other announcements would be forthcoming. He said more NAMA units would be delivered and a new programme involving social housing units that are currently closed would soon be announced.
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Source: Department of the Environment
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