30th July 2018
Last week (27th July 2018), the Government launched its Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy 2018-2021, aimed at bringing existing vacant properties back into use. According to the CSO, there are over 183,000 vacant properties, excluding holiday homes, across the State. Many of these could be brought under the control of the local authority or Approved Housing Bodies and used to provide social homes. However, while Social Justice Ireland supports the intention of the Strategy, we note that it does not propose to actually bring these homes back into use until next year or the year after.