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# Social Housing

This week
29th January 2023 - 2nd February 2023
# Minister for Housing
Government haven't yet decided to extend eviction ban despite record homelessness, says O'Brien
A new record high of 11,632 people are homeless, according to the latest official figure.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Social Housing
Initial social housing targets not met as Housing Department revises new builds to approx 7,500
The Department of Housing has cast doubt on figures issued in an official briefing note to Minister Paschal Donohoe.
# housing for all
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
Last month
January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Govt failed to hit revised social housing targets last year as concerns raised for 2023
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Public Expenditure estimates that only 6,500 social homes were built in 2022.
Last year
2022
# Housing
Income thresholds for social housing to be increased by €5,000
Income limits for most counties have not increased in a decade, the Taoiseach said today.
# Blacklough Construction ltd
Construction company building hundreds of social housing units goes into examinership
The company has 48 employees and also engages the services of subcontractors.
# Housing
DCC 'confident' of meeting target to deliver 895 new builds this year, Committee to hear
Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan will appear before an Oireachtas Committee later today.
# Darragh O'Brien
Housing minister tells local authorities to allow social housing tenants to take in Ukrainian refugees
Darragh O’Brien has written to local authorities about the measure.
All time
# Housing
Reliance on institutional investors in social housing overstated, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin insisted the state remained the key driver in providing homes.
# Homelessness
Taoiseach tells councils that families shouldn't be evicted from homeless accommodation
Micheál Martin has urged local authorities to ‘use common sense’.
# housing for all
Sites in Dublin, Cork and Limerick included in 'largest ever transfer of State land'
The Land Development Agency will take ownership of State land capable of delivering 10,000 to 15,000 additional homes.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland is yearning for strong defences against landlord despotism
Building social housing means building homes, writes Dean Van Nguyen.
# Social Housing
Limerick suburbs to receive 38 new social housing units by end of the year
The Peter McVerry Trust, Limerick City Council and County Council are to deliver the new homes to the areas of Moyross and Southill.
Voices
Dr Rory Hearne: We should not be fooled by the latest Government spin on investor funds
In a follow-up to his housing article last week, Dr Hearne says Government is merely keen for the investment fund issue to drop from the headlines.
# Housing Crisis
Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list
Last year the State delivered just over 5,000 new build social homes.
# Charity
Peter McVerry Trust to provide 210 social housing units, mostly in Dublin, in the next year
70% will be one-bedroom units, the housing charity said.
# Ballybofey
'A lack of regard for our community': Row erupts over social housing development in Donegal
Residents claim to have been misled about the consultation and appeals process, but councillors deny this is the case.
# Darragh O'Brien
Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'
Minister Darragh O’Brien said Covid-related construction delays has seriously impacted on new build construction.
# property ladder
'A lot of people are stuck in a rip-off rental trap': New minister promises affordable housing scheme
Darragh O’Brien said he wants to ensure houses ranging in price from €160,000 to €250,000 will be available.
# Housing Crisis
Not-for-profit housing associations provided 41% of social housing in 2019
The figures were released in the Irish Council for Social Housing’s activity report for 2019.
# rebuilding ireland
Under 6,000 new social houses built in 2019 as government misses target again
Just 5,771 new builds were delivered to the government last year.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Will the government spend more on HAP than on new social housing this year?
Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin O Broin made the claim on television this week – but is he right?
# High Court
South Dublin County Council sued by homeless couple for failing to decide housing support application
The High Court heard that the council had failed in its duty towards the couple.
# locked out
Just 5.5% of rental housing is within standard HAP limits, according to new report
There is a notable shortage of one-bedroom housing for single people and couples, the Simon Communities said.
# Housing
Owners of vacant properties urged to make them available for homeless people ahead of Christmas
“Bringing a vacant home back into use can change people’s lives for the better.”
# budget 2020
Government's Budget plans won't do enough to solve housing crisis, expert warns
The government announced it would support the delivery of over 11,000 new social homes next year.
# budget 2020
Here's how the government plans to tackle homelessness, housing issues and high rents
Fianna Fáil said the government’s response to the housing crisis has been “completely ineffective”.
# Social Housing
'Wholly unjustifiable': Garda interference led to withdrawal of housing offer for mother-of-two
The woman had the same surname as a family with a “bad reputation” but was not part of this family and had no criminal history.
# the family silver
Dublin council depot sites could deliver over 1,000 homes - so why are we waiting?
A commitment not to sell off valuable sites has been welcomed – but it will be years before housing is actually built.
# Social Housing
Murphy says it's 'ultimately fair' those who turn down two 'reasonable' social housing offers be blacklisted for 5 years
Murphy is set to reform the current process, extending the time a person won’t receive an offer from one year to five.
# Social Housing
NGOs delivered almost 40% of social housing last year, report shows
The Irish Council for Social Housing called on the Land Development Agency to be operational as a matter of urgency.
# Social Housing
Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.
# new south street
Derelict site in Dublin City to be developed into apartment block to house the homeless
The Peter McVerry Trust has issued a tender for the construction of eight apartments on New South Street.
# Leeside
Tenants spared mass eviction after Cork apartment complex is sold
Clúid Housing and Cork City Council have purchased Leeside Apartments.
# Housing
Dublin City Council built just 74 new social houses last year
The Housing Department released a breakdown of figures this week.
# Suspension
Homeless charity says proposal on council house offer refusals is a distraction tactic
Focus Ireland said the fact that people are turning down offers is actually “symptomatic of the failure of housing policy”.
# Housing
Just over 4,000 new social houses built last year as target missed
House acquisitions by local authorities has also risen.
# The Liberties
Locals hold out hope that Weaver Garden allotments will be saved over rapid-build Liberties apartments
“We’re planting something that’s going to grow in Spring, so we’re hoping we get to stay,” a spokesperson told TheJournal.ie.
# progress report
Social housing stock dries up but Nama says it's still on course to deliver 20,000 homes by 2020
The head of Nama has hailed 2018 as “another very successful year”.
# Social Housing
The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'
Dublin City Council tenants paid a total of €78.3 million in rent last year.