Cork County Council have confirmed they will deliver 462 new social homes by the end of the year.
The Council currently has 65 units under construction and plan to provide and additional 156 through direct build and the acquisition of turnkey schemes. Developments underway are situated in Kilnagleary Carrigaline, Masseytown, Macroom, and Cloyne. In delivering these homes, Cork County Council will exceed their target set under the Rebuilding Ireland plan.
According to the Council’s Director of Housing, Maurice Manning, over the last three years, Cork County Council and the Assisted Housing Body sector have provided 1,293 social homes to the county. ‘That brings the total number of units available to social housing tenants in the county to 9,800.’
Cork County Council are keen to inform communities of the actions the local authority is taking to solve the housing issue. A week-long information campaign is being run by the Council to highlight their ongoing work to provide social housing solutions, and to facilitate further public and private sector builds.
Maurice Manning believes tackling the issue of available housing is something that requires: ‘careful planning; working with communities to ensure sustainability and design that will last the test of time and meet the needs of occupants.’
Since 2016, over 3,000 people in the Cork region have relocated to social housing. Cork County Council are responding to the housing crisis by developing new units and bringing vacant properties back to life.