Kilkenny to get 21 new social houses

The Good Shepherd Centre, Camphill in Callan, and seven different families in Kilkenny are set benefit from new housing units under the government’s capital assistance, social housing and construction programme.

The Good Shepherd Centre, Camphill in Callan, and seven different families in Kilkenny are set benefit from new housing units under the government’s capital assistance, social housing and construction programme.

In total, Kilkenny will gain 21 new homes for families, the homeless and the most needy in society, under the €2 million allocation for the region.

Two new units are planned for the Good Shepherd Centre on Church Lane, which caters for the homeless. A further two units are to be developed at Camphill in Callan. Six units have been required under the Social Housing Investment programme and finance is also earmarked for the construction of a house in Timberroe.

Local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan welcomed the news today.

“All in all, capital assistance of €1.03m is set to provide 14 units and a further €1m is being set aside for seven local authority housing units,” he said.

“This is very good news for families who have been lingering on waiting lists across Kilkenny.”

Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan announced the green light for proposals from local authorities for the provision of over 800 new social and voluntary housing units. At a cost of approximately €100 million, the units will be built in Kilkenny and elsewhere between now and 2014.

These new permanent housing units are intended, in the main, to provide accommodation for people with special housing needs, including the elderly, homeless people and people with a disability.

“Everyone knows that Government finances are very restricted,” said Deputy Phelan.

“Yet the Housing Minister is determined that the much reduced capital budget available is targeted at those most in need as outlined in the Government’s Housing Policy Statement, published in June 2011. Against the backdrop of a very challenging fiscal climate, the government is particularly pleased to be able to provide €100 million in capital funding at this time to provide over 800 households with quality accommodation that is safe, secure and appropriate to their requirements.”