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# Social Housing

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Kilkenny council tells social housing tenants they have to pay for home repairs
A list sent to tenants includes draught-proofing of doors and windows and maintenance of external walls and gates.
Housing 'passport' scheme could give those on city housing lists the option to move to rural Ireland
A review of the income eligibility limits for social housing supports has commenced.
Focus Ireland provided 145 homes to homeless couples, families and individuals this year
3,333 children were homeless in Ireland in November.
'In 1971 homelessness was seen as a marginal problem and focused on single men'
Having worked in housing, homelessness and social work for 45 years, Justin O’Brien reflects on personal challenges, successes and milestones.
Poor social housing conditions fail to uphold tenants' human rights
The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that the state was in breach of the European Social Charter.
Budget 2018 measures will bring only 31 additional social housing builds next year
The housing budget was increased to €1.9 billion for 2018 but will result in only 31 new builds more than those we already knew about.
'I wasn't alive for six years, then I started living again': How new homes made a huge difference to the elderly
A new development recently won the top prize at the Irish Council for Social Housing’s 8th Biennial Community Housing Awards.
Clondalkin social housing estate gets green light from council
Sinn Féin raised concerns about the lack of integration between social and private housing, however.
'How does a crisis turn into a tragedy?': The lessons Ireland can learn about UK's social housing
A new documentary being shown in the IFI on the UK’s housing crisis may point the way for steps to take in an Irish context, say experts.
Councillors approve a plan for 540 affordable houses in south Dublin
It would consist of 200 social houses and apartments and 340 affordable homes.
FactFind: What is the state of social house building in Ireland?
We break down the argument over waiting list figures – and what the government says it will do to clear them (or not).
FactCheck: Has the government quadrupled social housing construction in two years?
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted that “social house building has quadrupled since 2015″.
FactCheck: Did the State build more social housing in the 1980s than in 2015?
In short, yes – but many were sold off at a discount to their tenants and so passed from the public housing stock.
'Will they think we're scum?': Homeless school student opens up about living in a hotel
A family spoke to RTE’s Morning Ireland about being homeless.
Traveller family take action against council over refusal to offer them housing
The family of seven are living in a caravan without basic facilities such as running water.
Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent
The Simon Community study found that some 630 properties available to rent are beyond the reach of those on HAP.
Government's 'over-reliance' on private rental sector could cost €23.8 billion over 30 years
A new report argues that investment should be made into local authority housing as opposed to privately owned homes.
Housing minister publishes emergency legislation to close planning permission 'blunder'
An issue had arisen whereby planning permission granted for large-scale housing developments during the recession could run out, forcing workers to down tools.
'This is about bringing a new energy': The Housing Minister was out-and-about for the first time today
Eoghan Murphy was the opening of a new 70-bed social housing building in Chapelizod.
More than a quarter of homes in Poolbeg will be social and affordable housing
The deal was made between the city council, Department of Housing and the developers.
'Do we invest money into private pockets, or into public housing, that we own?'
It is entirely feasible to establish a State company that can borrow off balance sheet, writes Éilis Ryan.
No houses have been built with €400 million from Bord Gáis sale
The government said that no “provision and/or financing of social housing on an off-balance sheet basis could be identified”.
Report finds people living in social housing change accents and falsify addresses to avoid stigma
A new report assesses the scale and impact of stigma on social housing in Ireland.
There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation
The Simon Communities want vacant properties to be used to boost social housing supply.
FactCheck: How many new social housing units did the government provide last year?
In the second instalment of our two-part series, FactCheck referees an on-air dispute between Damien English and Eoin Ó Broin.
FactCheck: Are there really 8,500 social housing units currently being built?
Part One of FactCheck’s two-part series on high-profile disputes over social housing, this week.
FactCheck: How many new social housing units does the government plan to build?
Richard Bruton made the claim, and a FactCheck reader asked us to step in, so we did.
Council-built house that was vacant for 10 years goes up for sale (for €200,000 less than it cost to build)
The house is up for sale with an asking price of €400,000.
What is Nama doing to help Cork's housing crisis?
We look at how Nama does (and doesn’t) provide social housing in Cork.
Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin - so why did it only take 65?
A Nama spokesperson says that the units “were sold following a sales process conducted by a receiver on an open market basis”.
Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?
The ‘bad bank’ has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for over 2,700.
'It's soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it'
Three people who recently moved into a former Nama-owned property explain what having their own home means to them.
Unite says there is no parallel between its plan to build apartments and Apollo House
Activists called the union’s involvement in Apollo House a “publicity stunt”.
Man sets fire to digger with driver inside at Dublin building site
A local councillor said he hoped this would not stop the progress of building 72 social housing units.
Glen Hansard says the taking over of Apollo House is an 'act of civil disobedience'
The group Home Sweet Home took over the building late on Thursday night to house the homeless
Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey among group that took over abandoned building for homeless
The group said the occupation was to give homeless people a bed for Christmas.
'There will be people lying in doorways and parks this Christmas': Homelessness in regional towns
There has been a 100% increase in the number of people registered as homeless in Co Louth in the last two years.
'I have never seen anything like this': Homelessness in Galway hits crisis point
More and more families are presenting as homeless in Galway, where no social housing has been built since 2009.
Noonan defends first-time buyers plan as critics warn it will create 'bidding war'
Cutting VAT on new homes would have been a better approach, one economist has said.
Local councils to pay up-front rent to private owners of derelict houses
Councils are buying up derelict houses for social housing under government housing action plan.