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Minister Alan Kelly invites proposals for social housing accommodation for people with special housing needs

Published on Monday, 16 Mar 2015

Minister Alan Kelly invites proposals for social housing accommodation for people with special housing needs


Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has directed all local authorities to invite Approved Housing Bodies to develop and submit cost effective and sustainable proposals to provide independent living accommodation for people with special housing needs under the Capital Assistance Scheme.


Local Authorities will issue a ‘Call for Proposals’ to invite construction and/or acquisition proposals from Approved Housing Bodies to meet this important need. Minister Kelly said “the Capital Assistance Scheme is my Department’s main capital funding scheme for the provision of independent living accommodation for the more vulnerable in our society. I have earmarked €71 million for this Scheme in 2015 and I am delighted that with this funding, the Government is enabling additional social housing accommodation to be delivered throughout the country to meet these specific and important needs”.


This new ‘Call for Proposals’ under the Capital Assistance Scheme is being made in the context of the Social Housing Strategy 2020, which targets the provision of 35,000 new social housing units over a six year period and the support of up to 75,000 households through an enhanced private rental sector and the reform of social housing supports.


The Minister said “this announcement today will assist in delivering on the ambitious targets set out in the Social Housing Strategy for the delivery of new social housing units. Approved Housing Bodies, working co-operatively with local authorities, will play a key role in the delivery of these targets. The Government is committed to supporting the not-for-profit housing sector as it expands its social housing stock and as we develop the social housing supply from a range of sources”.


Notes for Editors:


Under the Capital Assistance Scheme, funding of up to 100% is available for the provision of accommodation to meet the needs of persons requiring specific categories of housing, including the elderly, persons with an intellectual or physical disability and homeless persons.


The funding available under the Capital Assistance Scheme will facilitate the advancement of a significant construction programme and/or the acquisition of built


properties where suitable and value for money opportunities exist. Local authorities will request proposals from Approved Housing Bodies, which will then be assessed for approval based mainly on meeting housing need and value for money.