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Peter McVerry Trust welcomes 25% target to reduce social housing waiting lists by 2017
Local Authorities across Ireland have been tasked with reducing social housing waiting lists by 25% by the end of 2017. The target was set out in an announcement made by Minister Alan Kelly and Minister of State Paudie Coffey today. The Ministers have stated that €1.5 billion of the €3.8 billion previously announced as part of the Social Housing Strategy will go towards local authorities. Peter McVerry Trust, the homeless and housing, charity welcomes today’s announcement.
The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle, said “Today’s announcement is further progress towards a properly function system of social housing output. We very much welcome the news that Local Authorities are being tasked with, and are being funded to achieve, a 25% reduction in the national housing waiting list by the end of 2015.”
“The rapid realisation of local authority housing during this period through building, buying or leasing is essential as these units will be key to helping people exit homeless services. We have already seen a decline in the number of people exiting homelessness into the private rental sector due to lack of affordable and adequate accommodation within rent supplement ceilings.”
“The target and funding announced today will no doubt provide a challenge to Local Authorities who had scaled back social housing projects because of a lack of available funds. It is an important that they now develop the capacity to sustainably grow their housing output using this 3 year period as a catalyst for future social housing developments.”