With local demand for homes at an all-time high comes some much needed good news.
According to figures released by the Department of Housing, 1,787 additional households were supported by South Dublin County Council through social housing solutions in 2018.
This represents 115% of the council’s Rebuilding Ireland target set for the year.
Reacting to the figures, Colm Ward, Director of Services SDCC said:
“Local authorities take the lead in addressing the very difficult issues faced on housing.
“We are absolutely committed to meeting the challenge, and the 2018 figures leave no doubt that we are delivering on our targets and making crucial progress for the individuals and families we support.
“As the figures show, social housing output is increasing year-on-year.
“Working in partnership with Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) and the Department of Housing, South Dublin County Council will continue to increase our capacity and accelerate our delivery.”
Under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, annual targets are set for each local authority area.
Local authorities are responsible for monitoring and delivering on these targets, including through collaboration with AHBs.
In 2018, 22 local authorities exceeded their overall Rebuilding Ireland targets.
Last year, a total of 593 new homes were added to South Dublin County Council’s social housing stock though build, acquisition or long-term leasing.
This represents 110% more homes than had been targeted.
Colm Ward also stated that once local authority housing is built or acquired it is state owned and an investment that will continue to provide for those in need of housing in the future.
“Local authorities currently own and manage more than 130,000 homes around the country, each additional unit provided by local authorities is added to that stock,” he said.
“That is why it is so important to ensure the homes we deliver are well-planned, built to last, of high-quality, and situated within communities and with nearby services.
“Homes acquired by local authorities form part of the social housing stock in the same way they would had they been new builds.
“Often, it can be quicker and more cost-effective to acquire a home rather than to build, particularly in areas where demand may not be strong and where an existing home better meets the needs of the tenants.”