755 vacant social homes returned to active use

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Department of Housing owes the council almost €10m for social housing projects

The four Dublin local authorities brought 755 vacant social homes back into active use under the Voids Programme, according to figures published by Minister Darragh O’Brien.

This created a recouping of over €8 million from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage through the Voids Programme in 2022, which supports local authorities in preparing vacant homes for re-letting. 

Nationally in 2022, 2,307 vacant social homes were brought back into active use under the same programme. 

“Apart from the obvious advantages of meeting demand for social housing, the return of these 755 vacant homes across Dublin has a positive impact on communities and avoids vacant homes becoming run down and derelict in some instances and the source of anti-social behaviour,” said Minister O’Brien.

“It’s important to note and welcome the fact that nationally the number of vacant social homes requiring pre-letting works was lower in 2022 than in 2021 or 2020. 

“This clearly shows that our plan is working. In 2020 and 2021 we spent more than €88 million bringing 6,032 vacant social homes back into use, and evidently, we are reducing the number of voids in need of refurbishment works following those two intense years of tackling vacancy. 

“We are now progressively shifting to a position of planned maintenance of social housing stock to ensure minimal turnaround and re-let times for social housing stock,” he added.

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