Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said she is very pleased to confirm that County Westmeath is to receive a total of €7.35m in funding by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government towards social housing.
“The Department of the Environment has confirmed that three projects have received approval for funding to proceed with their submission to construct housing units. They are as follows:
St. Lawrence Terrace, Mullingar 8 houses €1,600,000
Bun Daire, Kinnegad (Phase 3) 28 houses €5,250,000
Farran Mullingar 3 houses €500,000
“This funding allocated to Westmeath County Council will help alleviate demand for social housing in the county. While it must be acknowledged that this funding won’t by itself fix the problem of waiting lists or the housing demands where we are still playing catch up from years when money wasn’t available, this will help address the challenges people are facing. We can build on these developments for the future.
“Increasing housing supply is the real key to solving our housing shortage. A number of measures will stimulate the supply of housing before the end of the year.
“The Government’s €3.8 billion Social Housing Strategy will deliver 35,000 new social housing units and an additional 75,000 new social housing tenancies by 2020, which will greatly help to reduce demand and ease the pressure on housing waiting lists.”