THE construction of social housing in Cork county increased by 47% last year, new figures have revealed.
The latest figures released by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government revealed 433 units were delivered in 2019, up from 295 in 2018.
A further 507 units are expected to be made available this year.
Overall delivery of social housing, including acquisitions and leases, increased by 51%, from 410 (in 2018) to 619 units delivered last year.
Cork County Council’s figures show steady progression, but housing campaigners say the scale of the housing crisis requires greater action across the country.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said: “The figures released by the Department of Housing demonstrate Cork County Council’s continued year on year expansion in the delivery of social housing.
“Our three-year construction targets for 2018-2020 were set out at 1,094 units but our projected numbers outstrip these targets, with 1,395 units expected to be delivered during the period overall. Despite the impact of Covid19 restrictions Cork County Council has taken a proactive approach to ensure the recommencement of activity as soon as possible, complying with all relevant protocols and safety measures, and we anticipate a further 507 newly built social housing units will be provided in County Cork this year.”
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle also welcomed the figures.
“It’s very heartening to see this investment and growth in our social housing stock, both nationally, and here in County Cork,” he said.
“Nobody should be without a home and this public health crisis has really brought the issue to the fore more than ever.
“Cork County Council is committed to ensuring the provision of suitable, cost-effective, high-quality accommodation to meet housing needs.
“Affordable housing is a fundamental element of healthy and strong communities and I am happy to see the continued growth in the provision of same by the Council.”