The allocation of €16,384,071 for local authority housing in Offaly will reduce the waiting list and create jobs in the county.
That’s accoridng to Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who has welcomed the allocation. The funding is part of a national allocation of funding by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey TD, as part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November out to 2020.
It is estimated that the funding for Offaly will meet 33% of the housing need in Offaly. According to Deputy Corcoran Kennedy, this will go ‘a long way’ towards reducing the waiting list. She noted that the figure did not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which shes says will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.
Offaly County Council has been 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.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy advises that in total across the country, 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. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.
“In Offaly this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 45 of jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years,” she commented. “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.”