Minsters Kelly & Coffey announce €1.5 Billion Social Housing Targets for Local Authorities To 2017

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D., along with Minister of State, Paudie Coffey T.D., have today announced housing targets for each local authority area out to 2017.

Over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing.

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The move comes as part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November out to 2020. Each local authority was asked to bring forward housing unit targets and specific building projects out to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015.

In the case of the Dublin local authorities, these will be given housing targets over and above what they proposed to the Department of Environment to ensure strong delivery where the need is greatest. The combined funding total for the Dublin local authorities comes to over €500 million to 2017.

Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department and will be announced in a number of phases starting in Mid-April. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

Minister Kelly said: “Housing is the number one priority for the Government. What we are announcing today is ambitious targets for each local authority right throughout the country for each local authority area. This will have a major impact for those on the housing waiting lists with a national reduction of 25% targeted over the period from these schemes alone. The recovering economy is allowing us to invest in vital public services such as housing and we are doing that,” 

Minister Coffey said: “Today’s announcement shows the commitment of this government to tackle the issue of housing lists across the country.  The Social Housing Strategy is a key action under the Construction 2020 Strategy and I am pleased to see it being progressed so that priority housing projects can be delivered in the years 2015-2017.  €1.5 billion over the next three years is a huge investment in housing; and Minister Kelly and I now expect Local Authorities to deliver on the plans that they have submitted to our Department over the next 3 years.”

The various schemes will target the refurbishment of vacant social housing units and local authorities will have the option of both building and acquiring housing. The average cost of building a social housing unit is €185,000 – meaning in some parts of the country it will remain cheaper and quicker to acquire as opposed to build. Local authorities will have some discretion to adapt to local circumstances, but all will be expected to kick-start a building programme.

Local Authority

Provisional Funding Allocation (Current and Capital in Euro)

Targets 2015 – 2017 (No. of Housing Units per LA)

Impact on Local Housing List  Numbers %*

Carlow County Council

€20,159,918

435

42%

Cavan County Council

€12,522,802

240

32%

Clare County Council

€26,065,405

529

26%

Cork City Council

€124,390,671

1349

21%

Cork County Council

€80,555,618

1217

25%

DLR County Council

€61,030,770

681

20%

Donegal County Council

€34,113,918

507

30%

Dublin City Council

€292,194,455

3347

21%

Fingal County Council

€81,041,413

1376

23%

Galway City Council

€28,273,219

518

21%

Galway County Council

€30,173,232

608

29%

Kerry County Council

€62,028,669

1058

26%

Kildare County Council

€86,858,105

1283

24%

Kilkenny County Council

€43,601,703

686

41%

Laois County Council

€31,077,456

366

41%

Leitrim County Council

€4,384,968

119

47%

Limerick City and County Co

€57,819,207

753

27%

Longford County Council

€7,608,289

210

35%

Louth County Council

€57,224,354

778

20%

Mayo County Council

€30,265,764

566

38%

Meath County Council

€27,823,238

519

21%

Monaghan County Council

€11,546,622

205

29%

Offaly County Council

€16,384,074

385

33%

Roscommon County Council

€5,579,135

152

60%

Sligo County Council

€20,174,141

301

39%

Sth Dublin County Council

€73,255,580

1445

23%

Tipperary County Council

€57,103,226

832

42%

Waterford City and County Co

€35,048,348

760

40%

Westmeath County Council

€30,654,575

542

29%

Wexford County Council

€25,356,554

677

27%

Wicklow County Council

€31,035,770

438

22%

Total

1,505,351,200

22,882

Nat Avg 25%**

*Housing waiting list figures based on the most recent Housing Needs Assessment by the Housing Agency.

**The impact on the housing list in each county will vary due to different housing market costs in each county.

The 25% reduction in the housing waiting list will also be accompanied by a targeted assistance of 28,000 people through the HAP scheme to give them supported accommodation in the private rented sector