€2.1mto tackle151 va­cant houses

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

SOME €2.1 mil­lion in funding is to be re­leased to Fin­gal County Coun­cil to re­turn 151 va­cant prop­er­ties around the county to so­cial hous­ing.

The move is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s aim un­der the So­cial Hous­ing Strat­egy to de­liver 47,000 hous­ing units across the coun­try by 2021 at a cost of €5.35 bil­lion.

Deputy Alan Far­rell TD (FG) said: ‘ This funding will cre­ate 151 new homes in Fin­gal for home­less house­holds and fam­i­lies on hous­ing wait­ing lists and will greatly as­sist our lo­cal au­thor­ity in achiev­ing a quick turn­around and re-let­ting times for va­cant units.

‘ These mea­sures will greatly re­duce the num­ber of va­cant units in Fin­gal, and our lo­cal au­thor­ity will con­tinue to be sup­ported in the re­me­di­a­tion of any such va­cant units that oc­cur.’

Se­na­tor James Reilly (FG) also wel­comed the funding say­ing it was the high­est spend on any lo­cal au­thor­ity in the coun­try apart from Dublin City.

Se­na­tor Reilly said: ‘ Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the pro­gramme in 2014 valu­able as­sis­tance has been pro­vided in deal­ing with va­cant units and sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made in tack­ling the back­log.’

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