Leitrim County Council has been allocated €970,000 for the construction of seven social housing units in Manorhamilton .
Last November, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly outlined a €3.8bn, six-year strategy to deliver 35,000 new social housing units by 2020.
Yesterday (Tuesday) Local Authorities were told that they were to get share of a €312m fund aimed at building 1,700 homes nationwide by 2017.
The announcement is the first phase of the direct-build aspects of that plan, where local authorities have been given the green light to proceed with projects they have identified for social housing.
The programme consists of single-dwelling developments in some areas and up to 60 units in others.
Many have yet to receive planning permission but all are either green or brownfield sites.
It is expected 300 jobs will be created in the construction phase and all works will be completed by 2017.
Following the announcement, Sligo/North Leitrim Fine Gael Deputy, Tony McLoughlin told the Leitrim Observer he had received word that 28 new housing projects are to begin in Sligo (27 projects) and Leitrim (one project).
“This announcement will bring investment jobs and houses to Counties Sligo and Leitrim and I am delighted that we will receive €,4,220,000 funding (in total across the two counties) as part of this first phase of investment,” he said.
“This is part of the Government’s €4 billion social housing strategy to deliver 35,000 housing units by 2020 and to reduce the housing waiting lists by 25 percent nationally by 2017 - based on the most recent housing need assessment report.
“It is the first major investment in local authority housing for many years. These 100 projects across the Country are shovel ready and will deliver hundreds of much needed houses in every county,” he said in conclusion.