€600,000 funding to refurbish 39 Kilkenny social homes
Funding of €585,000 has been allocated to Kilkenny County Council to bring 39 dilapidated social homes back to life.
The fundings has been made available under the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage’s Voids Programme for 2021.
Almost €45 million has been made available to the scheme across the 31 local authorities.
In Kilkenny, up to €385,000 will be provided to the local authority to bring 35 standard units back to standard, while a further €200,000 will be spent on bringing four non-standard dwellings back on stream.
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said: “I am delighted that my Department are now in a position to approve applications so that Local Authorities can get to work in bringing vacant social housing properties back into use.
“The refurbishment and re-letting of vacant social housing stock is vitally important in this regard.
“The programme will also lead to an added economic benefit with further employment generated for local builders, carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians.
“I would like to thank local authorities for their engagement with this programme and urge them to refurbish and re-let their homes to those on the social housing waiting list and those experiencing homelessness as soon as possible,” the minister added.