A total of 33 council houses across County Roscommon are to be refurbished as part of a plan to refurbish and re-let houses to individuals and families, struggling with homelessness or on the social housing list.
Funding of €280,500 has been allocated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to Roscommon County Council for the refurbishment of 33 houses.
The plan is part of the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme, which will see up to 2,500 social housing units across the country refurbished.
Applications are categorised into three funding streams; standard voids at an average cost of approximately €11,500, homeless voids at an average cost of €17,300 and long-term voids at an average cost of €47,000.
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 Local Authorities such as Roscommon 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 urge Roscommon County Council to refurbish and re-let their units as soon as possible,” he concluded.