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Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the publication of today’s first annual review of the Social Housing Strategy. The charity said the report was an important step in monitoring the delivery of the ambitious social housing strategy.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The publication of the annual review is a key part of measuring what has been achieved and what needs to be achieved in the years to come. The social housing strategy set down ambitious targets and this first annual review will help identify what exactly has been achieved and what needs to be achieved in the years to come.”
“It was always going to be difficult to ramp up construction of social housing quickly subsequent to a period of little or no housing output. However, we have to give recognition to the increase in the number of social housing units delivered in 2015 as against 2014. Equally we have to underline that certain key targets were not met in the first year of the strategy, and that of course is of concern at this early stage.”
“The capital programme delivered beyond expectations. This figure represents the level of work undertaken to return local authority voids back into social housing units. These units accounted for a significant proportion of the output in 2015. The reality we face in 2016 is that this source is no longer available as void rates have dropped dramatically, now less than 1% in Dublin. Therefore, in 2016 we really need to see a dramatic increase in actual delivery of new built programmes and property acquisitions.”
“In 2015 Peter McVerry Trust completed 19 acquisitions and returned 26 voids back into social housing and we hope that a number of CAS funded construction projects will boost our ability to provide special needs social housing in 2016.”
“The fact that HAP/RAS did not deliver is of particular concern. The social housing strategy provides for 75,000 households to be housed in the private rental market, yet in year 1 the strategy only achieved 72% of its intended 10,400 unit target.”
“This perhaps helps illustrate the difficulty that housing and homeless agencies are having in finding suitable accommodation within the limits set under these schemes. This may be an early indication of just how difficult it will be to secure housing for 75,000 households in the private rental market.”
Concluding Mr Doyle welcomed the announcements by Minister Kelly and Minister Coffey on the 2016 social housing targets as well as details of further CAS funding to come on stream to support the work of AHBs.