€3.9 million has been allocated to Cluid housing association to build 19 social houses in Tralee. The homes will be built in the Mitchels/Boherbee area of the town. The announcement has been welcomed by Deputy Arthur Spring, Senator Marie Moloney and Minister Jimmy Deenihan. In total €3.9 million has been allocated by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to Cluid and St. John of God Housing Association. €218,000 and €512,000 has been allocated to Cluid and St. John of God Housing Association for the acquisition of 2 and 5 houses respectively. This allocation is part of a package of funding outlined by Environment Minister, Alan Kelly which will be given to aproved housing bodies to assist those with specific needs such as elderly people, persons with intellectual or physical disability and homeless persons. Nationwide 517 new homes will be constructed at a cost of €84 million and a further 536 housing units will be purchased costing €67 million. This brings the total number of started construction projects for social housing to over 200 and these projects will provide further support for jobs in the construction and trades sector.