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Tuesday, 15th September 2020

Louth County Council gets €747k to refurbish and re-let vacant housing

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.

"The council can now begin its work on making these vacant units available for individuals and families so they can start a new chapter in their lives" - O'Dowd

Louth County Council has been granted €747,850 to refurbish social housing units which will then be re-let to individuals struggling with homelessness or on the waiting housing list.

The €747,850 for Louth will come from the €40m for the refurbishment of vacant homes announced in the July Stimulus Programme, the largest annual amount ever announced under the voids programme.

Local Deputy Fergus O’Dowd said that there had been a fantastic response from local authorities to the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme. Nationally 2,398 applications have been approved at a cost of €39.8 million, with further applications anticipated.

“This funding will provide much needed stimulus to refurbish and re-let 54 social housing units in the county, which will help individuals and families who are struggling with homelessness or who are on the social housing list.

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Louth County Council made applications under three separate funding streams: 44 standard voids at an average cost of approximately €11,500, three homeless voids at an average cost of €17,300 and seven long-term voids at an average cost of €47,000.

“The Department is in a position to approve these applications and the council can now begin its work on making these vacant units available for individuals and families so they can start a new chapter in their lives and make a home for themselves” O’Dowd said.

“Whilst this is welcome news we need to drive forward similar policies to bring back into use vacant or unused properties and create more opportunities for families and individuals in the county.”

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