AKC News // €94m fund to develop voluntary housing

Some €94 million is to be used to develop voluntary housing around the country, the Government said yesterday. The money will be used to help develop 26 voluntary and co-operative housing projects over the next three years and to carry out remedial work on five local authority housing schemes.

Capital funding of €77 million will provide over 380 social housing units, including 180 units for people with special needs.

The largest grant of almost €13 million is to go to Clúid Housing Association for the regeneration of St Patrick’s Estate in Ballina, Co Mayo.

Over €7 million is to go to Fold Housing Association for a scheme at Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin and almost €6.5 million will go to the Respond Housing Association for a development at Bridgefield, Curraheen, Co Cork.

Other projects are in Cavan, Clare, Kerry, Louth, Mayo, Tipperary, Offaly Roscommon and Wicklow, as well as in Dublin, Galway and Limerick city.

Remedial works worth €17 million will be carried out in Parkview Estate in Charlestown, Co Mayo, Boyce’s Street in Cork city and St Mary’s Crescent in Fermoy. Groups of houses in Boyle, Co Roscommon, will be included in the refurbishments, along with homes in Cushlawn, Greenfort and Shancastle estates in south Dublin.

Announcing the funding in St Patrick’s Estate, Minister of State for Housing Michael Finneran said the Government would “continue to ensure that individuals and families in need of social housing supports will be given the opportunities to have these needs met”.

Source: The Irish Times

Date : 31-01-2009