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Social and Affordable Housing

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 July 2018

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Questions (346)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

346. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the targets for social and affordable housing in each of the years 2018 to 2027; and the estimated capital spending targets required to deliver the social and affordable housing targets for the same period in tabular form. [29563/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Details of social housing targets, broken down by individual local authority, across build, acquisition and leasing, for the period 2018 to 2021 are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-publishes-social-housing-delivery-targets-for-local-authorities-2018-2021/.

More broadly, the National Development Plan 2018-2027, provides for the delivery of 112,000 new social homes over the next decade. These 112,000 new social homes will be delivered through a range of mechanisms, including build, long term leasing and acquisitions.

It should be noted that the delivery of the 112,000 new social housing homes over the next decade does not include housing supports that will be provided to households under the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme or the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS).  HAP and RAS will continue to offer additional  flexible housing solutions across the period to 2021 ensuring that, over the lifetime of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, over 137,000 households will have their housing need met.

As reflected in the National Development Plan 2018-2027, some €11.6 billion in capital funding will be provided for the delivery of social homes. The specific capital allocations underpinning the various social housing delivery programmes for each year out to 2027 will be determined in the context of the annual estimates process and will reflect the blend of delivery methods and approaches required to deliver on the targets set out in the National Development Plan.

As regards the delivery of affordable homes to buy or rent, from engagements with the local authorities in Dublin, the wider Greater Dublin Area, as well as Cork and Galway cities, their initial estimates suggest that they have lands with the potential to deliver some 4,000 new affordable homes. My Department is continuing to work with the key local authorities and the Housing Agency to identify sites which would see the level of ambition increase to at least 10,000 new affordable homes from local authority owned land, and that analysis is progressing well.  

In order to support local authorities to get their sites ready for affordable housing, I have decided to provide additional funding for enabling infrastructure via the Serviced Sites Fund, by re-directing the €50 million funding for Phase 2 of the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund to the Fund, thereby increasing its scale from the previously announced €25 million to €75 million. When local authority co-funding is included, an overall minimum investment of €100 million will be provided to those sites that require infrastructural investment in order for them to be brought into use for affordable housing. The call for proposals under the Serviced Site Fund issued last week.

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