Irish Government’s 5 Pillar Plan
There has never been a better time to start a social housing development. There is a serious shortage of affordable housing in Ireland and the Irish government have committed to increasing the amount of social housing developments to satisfy this urgent need. They have developed a plan consisting of 5 pillars and each of these five pillars can be summarised as follows:
Address Homelessness and provide early solutions to address the unacceptable level of families in emergency accommodation; deliver inter-agency supports for people who are currently homeless, with a particular emphasis on minimising the incidence of rough sleeping, and enhance State supports to keep people in their own homes.
Accelerate Social Housing, Increase the level and speed of delivery of social housing and other State supported housing.
Build More Homes, Increase the output of private housing to meet demand at affordable prices.
Improve the Rental Sector, Address the obstacles to greater delivery of private rented sector, to improve the supply of units at affordable rent.
Utilise Existing Housing, Ensure that existing housing stock is utilised to its maximum potential – focusing on measures that use vacant stock to renew urban and rural areas.
Accelerating social housing is a key aim of these five pillars. The Irish government have a target delivery of 47,000 social housing units by the end of 2021 with funding of over 5 billion reserved to meet this goal.