Social Housing Strategy ReportAnthony Lawlor, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North has welcomed the news that €86.8 million in funding has been allocated to Kildare County Council for local authority housing. This is the 3rd highest allocation of funding under the Government’s €3.8 billion national social housing strategy announced last November and it is the highest allocation outside of Dublin and Cork.

“I am delighted with the news that €86.6 million has been allocated to Kildare County Council to start addressing the social housing deficit. The funding will be welcome news to the council who are committed to addressing the current housing deficit and have recently appointed a new Director of Services to specifically deal with housing. While the funding won’t eradicate the housing list it will certainly go a long way towards reducing the waiting list. In addition, the Housing Assistance Payment will further reduce demand on our housing waiting list. It is an important and pressing issue and work is ongoing to address it at both national and local level”.

The money is allocated for a 3 year period until 2017 and it is estimated that it will meet 24% of the housing need in the county. Kildare County Council was asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015.

“Across the country construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites. Kildare County Council are currently awaiting completion of the purchase of 26 houses and this funding will allow them to continue that process allowing them to purchase, construct and lease properties for much needed social housing. In addition it will help to create and sustain approximately 695 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit of the economic recovery.”