Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (220)

Cormac Devlin

Question:

220. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the social and affordable housing developments under construction across the four Dublin local authorities; the number of units, location and expected completion date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2665/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department has published the Q3 2020 Social Housing Construction Status Report, which provides details of all social housing developments under construction in each local authority. The report is available at the following link: https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-obrien-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q2-2020-2/.

In relation to affordable housing, in terms of affordable housing developments under construction across the four Dublin local authorities; €310 million has been committed under the Serviced Sites Fund (SSF) to fund infrastructure on local authority lands to support the delivery of affordable homes. At a maximum infrastructure funding amount of €50,000 per unit, this would deliver some 6,200 affordable homes. From the overall approved funding of €127 million, some €74 million has been approved for 14 projects across Dublin, and the four local authorities have indicated an intention to deliver almost 2,200 affordable homes.

The Government is also committed to delivering Cost Rental. The first 50 Cost Rental homes are under construction at Enniskerry Road, in Stepaside, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and are due for completion in Q3 this year. Funding has been secured for a further 350 Cost Rental homes for delivery by Approved Housing Bodies nationwide this year through the new Cost Rental Equity Loan scheme, and for which applications are currently under consideration.

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) was designed to activate housing supply by putting in place the enabling public infrastructure necessary to ensure that large scale development could take place on key sites in urban areas of high housing demand. Funding of €200 million was originally made available under LIHAF, of which €150 million would be provided by the Exchequer with local authorities providing matching fund of €50 million. Across the four Dublin local authorities, 10 LIHAF projects are being advanced supported by an Exchequer contribution of €71m which will facilitate the construction of approximately 12,000 homes, of which 2,100 will be social homes, 1,890 will be affordable homes and 1,890 units will be cost reduced.