Waterford Council say the provision of social housing units in the city and county has ramped up signficiantly.
The local authority intends to provide between 500 and 700 social housing units over the next three years.
In the past year, they say 250 units have been delivered between 40 new builds and new leases – while up to 200 vacant houses have been rolled over.
Seven schemes are being built at the moment, with a further eight in the pipeline.
Ivan Grimes is the council’s Housing Director:
“We have seven schemes currently at construction and they will deliver 119 houses most in 2018, some in 2019. There’s another eight schemes either at tender or design, they will deliver another 135 units. We’re implementing two national schemes ‘buy and repair ‘and ‘repair and lease’ and between them in 2018 we’re hoping to deliver 74 units, so the figures are going up.
“In the past year we’ve delivered probably in the region of 40 – a combination of our own built and leased properties. We also roll over about 150-200 vacant houses every year, so that brings us up to about 250.”