Kerry County Council set target to provide 255 social houses this year

Kerry County Council must provide 255 new social houses this year.

It’s also been set a target of 581 Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Scheme tenancies by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

This is year four of the Rebuilding Ireland programme in which 72,000 housing solutions have been delivered nationally so far.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has set out targets for the number of houses to be built, bought and leased by councils, as well as the number of rental tenancies.

Kerry County Council has been told it must build 157 houses, buy 28, and lease 70 this year.

It has also been set a target of providing 581 HAP and RAS tenancies, which Chief Executive Moira Murrell says is huge, and may be difficult to meet.

She also expressed the council’s disappointment in the house-purchase target being 28, saying they would have preferred it to be higher, as it’s a good fit for the county, particularly where they can bring vacant or derelict houses back into use.

She noted they will be raising this with Department of Housing officials.

Ms Murrell added the council hopes to have a team in place this year concentrating on bringing vacant units back into use.