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The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the latest round of funding for social housing projects under the Capital Assistance Scheme. The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly TD, has instructed Local Authorities to invite applications from approved housing bodies for the construction and/or acquisition of units to provide social housing for people with special needs.
The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust welcomed Minister Kelly’s announcement “Peter McVerry Trust welcomes this latest round of funding under the Capital Assistance Scheme. We recognise that this announcement is further progress towards increasing social housing output and delivering on the Minister’s commitment to meeting the housing needs of vulnerable households such as those in homeless services.”
“The 2015 budget allocation of €71 million is up significantly on the €46 million made available in 2014. Peter McVerry Trust is glad to see that once again this year’s scheme is open to both new build projects and acquisition of existing units, as acquisition an often have faster turnaround times and will help meet acute housing need in a shorter timeframe.”
Concluding Mr Doyle stressed the importance of Approved Housing Bodies in meeting social housing demands in Ireland “Approved Housing Bodies have a key role to play in meeting social housing needs, particularly when it comes to special needs groups such as homeless, disabled or elderly households. The Capital Assistance Scheme is vital to AHBs because it allows organisations to put forward projects that meet the needs of their client group in their local communities. The scheme has a key role to play in the coming years to help AHBs deliver on their potential to meet social housing demand across Ireland.”