€1 million to Refurbish Empty Council Houses

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James Browne TD welcomes the allocation of almost €1 million to Wexford County Council to refurbish empty council houses.

As part of the July Stimulus Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien secured an extra €40 million in funding for the refurbishment of social housing stock. The Minister has allocated €999,110 of this money to County Wexford.

Commenting following confirmation that Wexford County Council will receive almost €1 million of this fund Deputy James Browne said,

“This funding will be used to target social housing units across the county so that they can be re-let to individuals and families struggling with homelessness or on the social housing list.”

“Renovation of “void properties” – social homes that are vacant and require refurbishment before they can be re-let to tenants is very important in tackling the housing waiting list. Empty council houses cause real frustration among the public and especially those on the housing list. This money will allow those houses to come back into use.”

“I am asking that Wexford County Council takes immediate steps to ensure that work on refurbishing vacant homes begins straight away.”

“The funding will make extra social housing stock available quickly and will have a knock-on economic benefit by generating further employment to local builders, carpenters, painters, plumbers and electricians and other trades.”

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