€1.2 million to restore 26 vacant properties in Waterford for social housing
More than €1.2 million has been earmarked for 26 Waterford vacant properties which will be refurbished and returned to the social housing list as part of a Government scheme to tackle homelessness.
Waterford City and County Council received a €1.2 million allocation from the Department of Housing to refurbish the social housing units. Once completed, they will be re-let to individuals and families struggling with homelessness or currently on a housing list.
This investment comes as part of the July Stimulus Programme, when the Government announced over €40m nationally for the refurbishment of vacant properties. This scheme is the largest single amount ever announced under this type of programme.
Waterford TD Matt Shanahan today welcomed the funding, which he says is all about helping people and families who need assistance.
“We need to see works commencing ASAP as they are badly needed in both city and county,” Deputy Shanahan said.
As part of the scheme, the Department received 2,398 applications from Local Authorities and allocated €39.8 million.