Approved Housing Bodies’ ‘Heavy Lifting’ in 2018 Delivers 38% of Social Housing Nationally
The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) welcomes today’s publication by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of social housing delivery in 2018. Commenting on the figures for 2018, ICSH CEO Dr. Donal McManus said, “Today’s figures demonstrate that housing associations (AHBs) are continuing to scale-up housing delivery working in partnership with local authorities and the private sector. Newly constructed homes delivered by AHBs has increased from 1078 units in 2017 to 1388. We’re steadily increasing our contribution to the national stock of permanent social housing. Increased delivery by local authorities is also welcome and collectively, we are providing more long-term housing options for people on waiting lists’’.
The Social Housing Delivery 2018 report shows significant progress in the delivery of new build social housing (including acquisitions and Part V units). In total, 8,422 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2018 (4,251 build; 560 renovated voids; 2,610 acquisitions & 1,001 long-term leased). Critically, almost 25% of all new build housing in 2018 was social housing. The housing association construction pipeline is ambitious, with a build target alone for 2019 of 1,688. The sector is confident that, with increased construction activity, this target can be met.
Dr McManus added, “The Social Housing Delivery 2018 report communicates steady progress, but we can do more with enhanced capacity. We need to build on the successful partnerships between housing associations and local authorities to maximise social housing delivery. Over the coming years, land will be critical to underpin delivery. Going forward, we need to ring-fence state lands for affordable housing delivery. The public interest is best served by ensuring that a very a significant proportion of social and affordable housing is built on state lands.”