€500,000 to restore 47 vacant properties in Kilkenny for social housing
Almost €500,000 has been earmarked for 47 vacant properties in Kilkenny which will be refurbished and returned to the social housing list as part of a Government scheme to tackle homelessness.
Kilkenny County Council received a €474,873 allocation from the Department of Housing to refurbish the social housing units. Once completed, they will then be re-let to individuals and families struggling with homelessness or currently on a housing list.
This investment comes as part of the July Stimulus Programme, when the Government announced over €40m nationally for the refurbishment of vacant properties. This scheme is the largest single amount ever announced under this type of programme.
Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan today welcomed the programme, which he says is all about helping people and families who need assistance.
“There has been a fantastic response from local authorities to the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme. Nationally 2,398 applications from Local Authorities across Ireland have been approved at a cost of €39.8 million, with further applications anticipated,” Deputy Phelan said.
Kilkenny County Council made applications which were categorised into three funding streams: standard voids – at an average cost of approximately €11,500, homeless voids – at an average cost of €17,300, and long-term voids – at an average cost of €47,000.
“I am delighted that Kilkenny will be allocated funding of €474,873 to refurbish and re-let 47 social housing units, which will help individuals and families who are struggling with homelessness or who are on the social housing list,” Deputy Phelan added.