Depart­ment com­mit to fund­ing for 62 so­cial houses in Maugher­aboy area

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

The Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment have com­mit­ted to fund­ing the de­vel­op­ment of 62 so­cial houses in the Maugher­aboy area.

The de­vel­op­ment will now pro­ceed to Stage 2 and will have an ex­pected start date of con- struc­tion in early 2020.

Coun­cil­lor Chris MacManus said: “at a time when over a thou­sand fam­i­lies are seek­ing so­cial hous­ing, many from the Maugher­aboy and West Ward area, the se­cur­ing of the fund­ing to build sixty-two houses is wel­come.”

Coun­cil­lor MacManus added: ‘ Too many fam­i­lies are priced out of the pri­vate rental sec­tor or un­able to save for a de­posit to buy their own homes be­cause of mas­sive rent in­creases lo­cally of 30-40% over the last few years.”

MacManus said more de­vel­op­ments like this are needed across the re­gion.

“What we need to see are more de­vel­op­ments across the re­gion like this Maugher­aboy project for more so­cial and af­ford­able hous­ing - pub­lic hous­ing built on pub­lic lands with pub­lic fi­nances.”

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