FOCUS Ireland has welcomed the news that Limerick City and County Council will deliver 110 social housing units with a total of €13m funding, which has been approved by Minister Alan Kelly.
Six approved housing bodies, including Focus Ireland, will acquire units at various locations around Limerick.
Focus Ireland’s Limerick project manager, Tríona O’Connor said that it is “fantastic” that the organisation will be delivering 40 properties throughout the city.
“They are really needed at the moment, and for us at Focus Ireland, we have done really well to acquire the properties. There are over 4,000 people on the housing list at the moment. But these 40 houses are going to make a difference to people who need support, as well.”
Focus Ireland provides accommodation to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so, said Tríona, adding, “our aims are on preventing homelessness and sustaining people in their accommodation. It’s fantastic news for the Mid-West as well, for such a high allocation, and that’s through the partnership of working with Limerick City and County Council,” she said.
Focus Ireland Limerick manager Ger Spillane also welcomed the €13m development, which has come under the Capital Assistance Scheme programme.
“We are working with the Department of the Environment and the local authorities to purchase these 40 homes in Limerick.
“We are keen to deliver them this year as they will provide a place to call home for people who are currently homeless or in housing need,” he said.
However, he said, that this is 40 homes “against a backdrop of 4,600 households” on the housing waiting list in Limerick.
“While welcome it is no more than a small step towards meeting the growing need for affordable housing across the county.
“Approved housing bodies like Focus Ireland are set to play a key role delivering homes for those most in need in society under the Government Housing Strategy. We have extensive experience in this area and intend to use this to help provide homes in the coming years for many more households who are homeless or in housing need,” he added.
Mayor of Limerick Liam Galvin said that this investment is “badly needed”.
“I warmly welcome this funding announcement which will assist those with specific needs such as people at risk of homelessness, the elderly, persons with disabilities and others on the social housing waiting list.”
Other approved housing bodies include the Peter McVerry Trust, The Simon Community, Cluid Housing, Respond! and NABCO.