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Progress Update – Housing and Homelessness

Posted January 26th, 2018

Yesterday I appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government. A copy of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan Status Report 2017 was presented to the members of the Committee. A copy of the report will be available at www.rebuildingireland.ie

Some of the main achievements under Rebuilding Ireland in 2017:

  • – Almost 26,000 households had their housing need met.
  • – 4,000 individuals exited homelessness into homes.
  • – 200 additional permanent beds were provided for rough sleepers.
  • – 18 family hubs are now operational providing accommodation for approximately 430 families.
  • – Over 7,000 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes. This is a 40% increase (almost 2,000 new homes) on what was planned for the year, and 24% of an increase over what was achieved in 2016.
  • – 100 new households had their social housing need met each working day of the week.
  • – 33% increase Construction Commencement Notices (17,500+).
  • – Extra €100 Million allocated for homelessness and housing, bringing total budget to €1.4 Billion.
  • – Held first Housing Summit with key outcomes and deliverables issued afterwards.

 

The five pillars of the plan are:

  • – Pillar 1 – Address Homelessness
  • – Pillar 2 – Accelerate Social Housing
  • – Pillar 3 – Build More Homes
  • – Pillar 4 – Improve the Rental Sector
  • – Pillar 5 – Utilise existing housing

 

To see key actions undertaken for each of the pillars and find out more, go here.

To see a video of the committee’s proceedings, go here.