There was a further boost for the housing sector in Tipperary this week with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly announcing over €3.8m for investment in the county.
The funding will be used across a range of housing schemes to make more social housing available, to improve housing for people with disabilities as well as retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.
It is estimated the funding could bring 30 jobs across the county in the construction sector.
Tipperary will gain a 61 social houses for families across the county through a refurbishment programme. Over €953,000 will be invested by Tipperary County Council to bring these units into productive use.
A further €1,631,646 will be made available for private housing adaptations for older people and those with a disability. This is the first phase of this investment and will allow extensions to be built for people with a disability as well as housing adaptations to improve mobility aid - such as stair lifts, ramps to entrance - with more funding to come later in the year.
A further €465,550 will be made available for local authority house adaptations and extensions to meet the needs of tenants with a disability and to deal with overcrowding.
Meanwhile Minister Kelly has made available a further €818,019 for the retrofitting of local authority housing to make them more energy efficient. This will reduce people’s heating bills and give them a more sustainable environment to live in.
“This funding will significantly improve the quality of life of many Tipperary people. One of my huge frustrations is seeing boarded up social housing not being used. Therefore I am delighted to be able to make 61 more housing units available in Tipperary this year.
“Secondly, funding has been secured to allow people extend their homes or improve mobility within their home through the housing adaptation grants scheme. This is hugely important for those effected as it can greatly improve the quality of life for those who either have a disability or are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile.
“The energy efficiency funding will also allow many Tipperary householders to reduce their energy bills and have better quality heating in their local authority home this winter,” he said.
Minister Kelly said the funding was part of a Government commitment to housing and improving the quality of life of those who are dependent on the system of public housing. It will create over 30 jobs throughout the county and provide a boost to the construction sector locally, he said.