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Council gets funding to renovate and re-let houses

Clare County Council has been approved €659,554 to bring local authority houses back into use throughout the county. The money will be used to renovate 30 houses for re-letting. The council applied for funding to renovate 87 derelict houses.However, three applications were rejected and a further 56 are in the process of being assessed. Clare Deputy Joe Carey said, “There are two programmes that enable local authorities to refurbish vacant social housing requiring more significant works than the normal level of pre-letting repairs. The Voids programme provides funding of up to €30,000 per unit while the Derelicts programme is aimed at more seriously derelict social houses,” Deputy Carey explained. “The Housing Agency is being provided with €70 million to engage with lending institutions to acquire properties for social housing and this is expected to deliver 1,600 units over the period to 2020. Other measures include a ‘Repair and Leasing’ initiative to allow property owners bring vacant properties up to standard …

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Council seeking housing schemes and sites

Clare County Council is inviting tenders for the supply of completed housing schemes that are fit for purpose for social housing in  towns and villages where a housing need exists. The local authority is also seeking tenders for land banks and development sites. The council says the move is aimed at increasing the number of accommodation units being brought into use across County Clare, as part of the implementation in Clare of the National Social Housing Strategy. Leonard Cleary, acting director of service, housing, said, “Clare County Council has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of appropriate social housing within its functional area. Each year Clare County Council is involved in the lease, purchase, construction and financing of social housing and is seeking to increase the number of accommodation units being brought into use by various means available under the Social Housing Strategy 2020.” “It is intended that part of the housing need in County Clare will be addressed by …

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Vacant houses hold key to unlocking crisis

CLARE County Council has appealed to property owners to make their vacant homes available for social housing, in a bid to ease the “epidemic” accommodation shortage. According to the council’s director of services for housing, Ger Dollard, one of the keys to unlocking the solution is through the use of vacant properties. Owners of the thousands of currently empty properties in Clare are being encouraged to make contact with the local authority, with a view to making more homes available for those on the waiting list. Mr Dollard told a meeting of Clare County Council that this is the “real solution” to dealing with the housing issue in the short term. Figures contained in the 2011 Census show there are 11,782 vacant housing units in Clare out of a total housing stock of 55,616 units. The vacancy rate of 21.2% is the second highest in Munster and higher than the national average of 14.5%. At the meeting, Mr Dollard agreed …

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€2.4m for Clare housing

Three approved housing bodies have been allocated funding totalling €2,416,000 for the delivery of 31 new housing units in the county, Clare County Council has confirmed. The funding has been jointly approved by Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Minister for State for Housing Paudie Coffey. Focus Ireland Housing Association is being allocated €550,000 for the delivery of 12 units, for young adults (18+ years) at risk of homelessness. €966,000 is being allocated to Clare Haven Services Ltd for the provision of seven units at Kildysart Road in Ennis, which are being allocated to women at risk of homelessness due to alleged domestic violence. Kilkee Housing Association has been allocated €900,000 for the delivery of 12 homes in Doonbeg, to cater for rural housing needs in the wider area. Clare County Council says it expects that newly acquired units will come on stream for people with housing need this year while the newly constructed units will be completed by 2017.

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Kilrush social housing issue rumbles on

A KILRUSH resident has claimed that Clare County Council will be under pressure to “hand pick” possible social housing residents at Béal an Inbhir in Kilrush. Joanne Carrig, who lives on Pound Street in the town, has been on the social housing list in the town for 12 years and is seeking one of the 10 to 13 houses that may become available under social housing in the estate, which is located close to Shanakyle Gravyard. Several ‘For sale’ signs have recently appeared on the estate. “In my opinion, the pressure is on the council to go and hand pick who is going to be put back there,” she said. Ms Carrig maintains that not everybody can afford to buy a house. “Fair play to you if you have bought your house but the way the economy has gone these days, circumstances can change very quickly for people,” she said. Ms Carrig maintains that everybody would ideally like to be …

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Social Housing for Quilty and Shannon

Nearly €5m is to be spent on developing 25 new social housing units in Clare, as part of a new nationwide investment programme. Ten homes are being built in Quilty, along with 15 more at Tullyglass in Shannon at a combined cost of €4.75 million. The money forms part of a newly-announced investment programme worth €312 million that seeks to build 1700 new homes throughout Ireland. Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly said the first major direct build social housing programme is part of the first phase of  the Government’s social housing strategy. €312 million has been approved which will see an additional 1,700 social housing units come on stream by 2017 with an estimated 3,000 additional jobs in construction created. The projects, which cut across each local authority area, range in size from small numbers of units to projects of over 50 units for some of the Dublin local authorities. Minister Kelly said local authorities …

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Social housing boost for County Galway

Galway City and County Councils is to receive €58.4 million towards the construction of 1,126 new social houses in Galway. The new houses are due to be built by 2017 and will take 21% and 29% of households off the city and council housing lists respectively. “This is good news for the thousands of families on housing waiting lists across Galway. We will finally see local authorities building houses again – something that Fianna Fail stopped and Labour has been committed to starting again. This funding will provide homes for Galway families and is the first phase in a historic investment in social housing across the country,” noted Deputy Derek Nolan. “Social housing is a social good. It provides quality homes for those who cannot afford their own, relieves pressure on the private rented market and is a control on private house prices. I want to see more social houses built so that those on waiting lists can settle, raise …

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New social housing fund

Clare County Council has been urged to apply, without delay, for its share of the €3.8billion social housing fund announced by Environment Minister, Alan Kelly. “We have a real social housing need in Clare, and today’s announcement by Minister Kelly to deliver 35,000 homes across the country over the next six years is greatly welcome,”commented Clare TD, Michael McNamara. “I am urging Clare County Council to submit applications to this fund, to address the social housing problem. New rules put in place by Minister Kelly mean that the county council will take a strong leading role in social housing provision in the county, where previously it was mainly the job of private operators,” he added.

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