Social Housing delivery way off target for 2018 - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed ‘real concern that social housing delivery is way off target for 2018’.
The Dublin Mid West TD made his comments following the release of the Quarter 1 Social Housing Delivery Output report by the Department of Housing.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“In April the Minister for Housing announced revised social housing targets for 2018. His plan was to deliver 5859 real social houses owned by Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies.
"This target was to be made up of 4968 homes built directly, through Part V and refurbished long term voids and a further 900 homes bought by Councils and Housing Associations.
“The 2018 targets also include a further 20,072 subsidised private rental properties in 2, 4 and long term leases.
“Significantly the real social housing target for 2018 was lower than the 6297 real social houses built and bought by Councils and Housing Associations in 2017.
“The Department of Housing published their Quarter 1 Social Housing Delivery Output this week. It shows that Councils and Approved Housing bodies built 532 homes up to March of this year – just 10.7% of their target.
“More worryingly direct council new builds was just 166 at the end of quarter 1 representing just 3% off the total new build targets.
"This is important as Councils should be the driving force of new social home construction. Based on the Departments report the very opposite is the case.
“The report also shows that just 151 of a proposed 2000 long term leased units were secured in the first quarter. – just 7.5% of the target.
“While the acquisitions are ahead of target the overall number is small at 757 homes. Meanwhile subsidised private rental properties through two year HAP leases and four year RAS leases are just on target at 26% at the end of the quarter.
“It is a real concern that social housing delivery is way off target at the end of the first quarter of the year.
"Just 10% of real social housing units were completed at the end of the first quarter. This suggests the Government is going to struggle with its targets for 2018.
“It is also troubling that two years into Rebuilding Ireland and Councils are still not delivering a sufficient stream of direct build units.
"18 Local Authorities including Dublin City and South Dublin haven’t didn’t complete a single unit in the first three months of this year.
“With over 85,000 households on Council waiting lists and a further 55,000 in short term subsidised private rental accommodation Government urgently needs to revise the targets and funding for Local Authorities to ensure that they are delivering a supply of real social housing commensurate with the level of need that exists.”