A total of €15 million has been offered up by AIB Corporate Banking to Túath Housing Association in their efforts to make up to 190 vacant homes across Ireland available to families.
In response to Rebuilding Ireland’s vacant homes initiative, Túath are purchasing homes from the State’s Housing Agency and letting them to families on Local Authority housing waiting lists.
Every county and district in Ireland will be considered.
Túath is refurbishing former rental units in dire need of repair. AIB is providing initial funding of €15m towards the cost of the purchase and a repair bill to facilitate an initial acquisition programme.
The first tranche was used to complete the purchase and repair of 21 homes, with a range of houses and apartments in the local authority areas of Dublin City, South Dublin, Donegal, Westmeath, Galway County and City, Kildare and Wexford.
Eoghan O’Neill of AIB Corporate Banking said:
“AIB is committed to playing a meaningful role in delivering more social housing in the months and years ahead. We are very proud of our involvement in this collaboration with Túath. AIB has significant experience in financing the social housing sector and we are currently working with a number of other approved housing bodies on funding for social housing.”
Chairman of Túath, Séamus Doherty said:
“It is essential that more public and voluntary sector homes are provided for those shut out of the housing market. More could be spent, and spent more effectively by channelling housing expenditure, raised via private finance, through housing associations. At a time when we have historically low borrowing rates, the country should be borrowing and building much more than we currently are. The AIB loan facility is an excellent example of how this can be achieved, effectively and efficiently.”