Housing In Ireland Report Underlines Need to Act on 95,000 Empty Homes in Urban Areas
Peter McVerry Trust, the housing and homeless charity, has said the latest CSO figures demonstrate the urgent need for action on the issue of empty homes. The charity was reacting to the publication today by the CSO of their latest report, Housing in Ireland, the first in-depth report from Census 2016.
Francis Doherty, Head of Communications at the charity, said “The figures released today show that there are 95,596 empty homes in urban areas alone. We need politicians and policy makers at all levels to recognise that empty homes can play an immediate role in alleviating the housing and homeless crisis.”
“At the moment the housing system is experiencing very low levels of housing availability and supply. The quickest and most efficient way of making more homes available is to get empty homes back into use. Peter McVerry Trust has been identifying and turning around empty properties for the last three years and we know it can be done. If the resources are made available it can be delivered on a much larger scale.”
Mr Doherty said that the Government’s National Housing Reuse Strategy, which has now been delayed until May, must ensure that the plan is sufficiently resourced to fund an intensive, high energy response to the issue of empty homes by local authorities and housing associations.
“If we are to tackle the issue of empty homes and other related issues such as derelict properties and sites and underused spaces then Local Authorities and Housing Associations will need resources beyond capital funding to deliver new schemes and projects.”