Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs Alan Kelly has welcomed the announcement by Housing and Planning Minister Jan O’Sullivan that over €795,000 will be invested in South Tipperary over the next two and a half years to provide new social housing units, particularly for people with special housing needs.
Between now and 2014, six units will be acquired or constructed in South Tipperary. Both voluntary groups and the local authority will be involved in supplying the units.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister Kelly said: “Labour has pledged to protect the most vulnerable in our community and this funding announcement is testament to our commitment to achieve that goal in the housing area. The substantial funds involved will provide long-term, stable homes for elderly and homeless people, and for people with special needs.”
“Local voluntary groups will be involved in acquiring and building many of the units, and I would like to pay tribute to their work in this area. The provision of units for people with a special housing need is an issue I have worked hard on and have raised with Minister O’Sullivan during recent months. This funding announcement will provide local families and individuals with certainty and security into the future. There is still work to be done to ensure that these units come online, but I know there is a real willingness to get cracking on these projects now.
“This housing initiative will also see investment in construction, especially from 2013 on. This will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.”