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Brian Lawless
homeless crisis

Funding approved for 83 new houses to address homeless crisis

Coveney approved funding of €20.4 million for the projects.

OVER 80 new ‘rapid build’ houses are to be built in the coming months after Simon Coveney approved €20.4 million in funding.

Twenty-four homes, at a cost of  €5.9 million, will be built on the Killininny Road, Firhouse, Dublin 24 while 59 modular houses will be constructed on St Cuthbert’s Park in Clondalkin, costing €14.5 million.

Speaking today, Minister Coveney said: “I have approved two projects estimated to cost €20.4million which will deliver 83 homes for homeless families. These homes will take families out of commercial hotels and provide them with a home until they move to permanent social housing.”

Coveney said that by the end of 2016, a total of 350 rapid build homes were in the process of being built. He said 22 homes were completed occupied in 2016.

He added: “My department continues to work closely with all local authorities in relation to increasing and accelerating the delivery of a range of social housing programmes and supports, including rapid build homes.”

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