Local Minister Darragh O’Brien TD, has praised Fingal County Council for their response to the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme.
As part of the July Stimulus Minister O’Brien announced over €40 million for the refurbishment of voids, the largest single amount ever announced under the voids programme. Nationally 2,398 applications from Local Authorities across Ireland have been approved at a cost of €39.8 million, with further applications anticipated.
Fingal County Council has been allocated €3,125,215 which will go towards the refurbishment of 238 voids which will then be re-let to individuals and families, struggling with homelessness or on the social housing list.
Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “I am very glad to see such an uptake in the scheme and at such a swift pace. The Department is now in a position to approve applications and Fingal County Council can get to work in bringing vacant social housing units back into use.
“I have made it very clear that I want to see works carried out and all units allocated by the end of this year and local authorities will be providing status updates to the Department.
“We know that COVID-19 has had an impact on housing delivery targets this year so the refurbishment and re-letting of voids is vitally important. I would like to thank Fingal County Council for their engagement with this programme and urge them to refurbish and re-let their units as soon as possible,” he concluded.