Updated: 26/10/16 : 06:04:50Printable Version
Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin has welcomed the allocation of €3,306,900 to bring Local Authority housing back into use in Sligo and Leitrim.
“There are two particular programmes which provide support for Local Authorities to refurbish vacant social housing stock requiring more significant works than the normal level of pre-letting repairs. The Voids programme, which commenced in 2014, provides funding support of up to €30,000 per unit," the Sligo based deputy said.
The Derelicts programme was introduced in 2016 to provide additional support to Local Authorities in remediating more seriously derelict social houses.“€2,425,300 has been allocated to Sligo County Council for the Voids and Derelicts programmes and so far, 140 units have been approved for funding under this allocation. Whilst Leitrim County Council has been allocated €881,600 for 43 units.
“Returning vacant Local Authority housing to use is a key plank of Minister Simon Coveney’s radical new housing plan ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ and it is crucially important in helping to tackle our homelessness problem.
“In addition, a new Buy and Renew initiative will also support Local Authorities and approved housing bodies to purchase private housing units in need of remediation, renew them and make them available for social housing use. An initial capital provision of €25 million will be available for this initiative in 2017," concluded the newly appointed Asst Government Whip.