Just three council houses approved for 2013

Leitrim County Council have been awarded €350,000 to provide just three new social and voluntary homes for 2013/14.

Leitrim County Council have been awarded €350,000 to provide just three new social and voluntary homes for 2013/14.

The large number of empty housing stock must be working against the county as it is only in line for three units of social housing from the Local Authority Scheme in 2013. Leitrim was also one of just two counties not to receive any funding under the Capital Assistance Scheme.

A spokesperson for Leitrim County Council confirmed the above figures and said they had only been “notified of an approval in principle under the Social Housing Investment Programme” for three acquisitions to be included in the Work Programme for 2013/2014.

The council said there are no specifics on location of these three units until the 2013/14 Work Programmes are drawn up.

Leitrim County Council said locations will be decided upon as “having regard to the specific needs to be met.”

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, last week announced the green light for this and the provision of over 800 new social and voluntary housing units. At a cost of approximately €100m, the units will come on stream between now and 2014.

These new permanent housing units are intended, in the main, to provide accommodation for people with special housing needs including the elderly, homeless persons and people with a disability.

Some €35 million is earmarked for the voluntary housing sector for the provision of 377 housing units across 30 local authorities. “Voluntary housing bodies, often in conjunction with the HSE, provide a range of services and supports to tenants, thus enabling older persons to continue to live independent lives in their own community. Adding 377 new housing units to the voluntary stock will have a positive impact for a lot of people and allow elderly people, in particular, to continue to live in and contribute to their own community, ” the Minister stated.

Sligo will receive over €2,300,000 to provide 17 housing units, while Donegal will receive almost €2m to provide 46 housing units. Wexford did not receive any funding for Capital Assistance Scheme but was awarded 10 units in the Local Authority Scheme. Tipperary South was just above Leitrim in the small number of units approved, it received funding for six homes to be made available to the disabled and elderly.