Progress Update – Housing and HomelessnessPosted 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.