The year on year increase in housing delivery between 2015 and 2017 can be seen from the graph, which has been achieved by focusing on a suite of delivery options under Rebuilding Ireland, including construction, acquisition, Part V, leasing, Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS), Buy to Renew, and Repair and Lease, with the support of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
All of our housing units are finished to a high standard and are designed to be comfortable, energy efficient homes, in established residential areas with access to amenities and services. The delivery of 12 Rapid Build homes at the former Council depot at George’s Place achieved a Silver Certificate from the Irish Green Building Council registering the highest score so far for multi-unit housing. Rochestown House Phase 2, which provided 34 homes, won an award for Best Sustainable Project at the RIAI awards in 2017, while the Mews in Sallynoggin was recognised as Best Sustainable Project in 2018.
In the last 18 months, 334 tenancies have been created for housing applicants through the private rental market, while a further 97 were allocated to households registered as homeless and 201 securing Homeless HAP tenancies.
Aside from direct builds and delivering homes via HAP, the Council also runs a number of other initiatives to meet our targets. Downsizing is an initiative to make best use of our housing stock, as larger properties returned by tenants are allocated to families on the Housing List. In return, downsizing tenants are provided with a newly upgraded or built smaller property in an existing community. Under the Repair and Lease Scheme, funding to bring vacant properties up to the required standards for letting to social housing applicants is available. In addition, dlr has approved loans in principle for 15 first-time buyers, (value €3,496,867) helping them to purchase a home of their choice.
Preparation of a new five year Traveller Accommodation Programme has begun, including assessment of existing and projected accommodation needs for members of the Traveller Community in the county.
We are also examining a number of Council-owned sites that can provide housing, once infrastructural deficits are overcome. We have submitted an application under the Serviced Sites Fund, in respect of enabling infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of 155 social and affordable homes at Enniskerry Road, Stepaside, in partnership with the Housing Agency and Respond and Túath Approved Housing Bodies. Lands at Shanganagh Castle have also been earmarked to deliver approximately 550 homes when infrastructure is in place.
We are committed to meeting our target of 1,563 social housing units by 2021 and will continue to work in partnership with all relevant bodies to deliver much needed homes for those in need of housing in our County.
If you have a vacant property, in good condition or in need of repair, please contact us on 01 2054765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for letting this property.