WexfordToday.com has learned that 2018 was one of the most successful years for Wexford County Council in terms of social housing provision with the needs of 920 households from all across Co. Wexford met under the Council’s 2018 housing capital programme.
Figures provided by the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government in recent days show that Wexford County Council’s overall target for 2018 of 627 properties was well exceeded with the Council delivering 920 properties by end of year.
The properties were delivered through a range of housing options, including newly built and the purchase of second-hand houses by both Wexford County Council and Approved Housing Bodies. The Council leased an additional 49 properties while a further 624 households received support under the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Scheme.
The only cause for some disappointment in an otherwise very strong performance was a delay in the completion of newly built properties by the Approved Housing Bodies, with 51 properties delivered by end of year against a target of 105. However, the Council points out that difficulties encountered in completing these latter estates by end of year have since been overcome, with most of these properties now completed and in the process of being let to families on the Council’s housing list.
Chairman of Wexford County Council, Cllr. Keith Doyle welcomed the confirmation of the Council’s very strong housing performance.
“I want to congratulate our housing staff on their success in exceeding the ambitious targets set earlier this year by the Department for housing output in Wexford,” said Cllr Doyle, who added; “These year-end figures confirm that Wexford Council is absolutely committed to providing immediate and focussed social housing solutions for the people of Wexford.”
Senior Housing Officer at Wexford County Council Padraig O’Gorman said the figures show that throughout 2018 Wexford County Council took every available opportunity to increase its housing stock and develop a housing solution for as many households as possible.
“These 2018 figures leave no doubt that we are delivering on our targets and making crucial progress for the individuals and families we support. In 2019, we fully expect to exceed our targets again as we oversee the delivery of more than 1,000 housing solutions throughout County Wexford across the various measures available.” Mr O’Gorman concluded.