Over €1.7m has been allocated to Galway City Council and Galway County Council to purchase 13 new homes.
The funding boost will see Galway City Council receive €914,350, with five units new added to its housing stock, and Galway County Council receive €867,839, with eight homes added.
The purchases will be completed this year and will address the specific special needs of families on waiting lists as well as providing additional mainstream housing.
Nationally, Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, has announced a €32m funding boost that will provide more than 260 new homes for those in need of housing. €20m will enable local authorities purchase 131 homes while the remaining €12.2m will allow the acquisition of properties that will enable people with a disability to live independently in the community.
Welcoming the allocation for Galway City, Labour councillor Billy Cameron said the investment of over €914,000 for local authority housing is a crucial step in ensuring that houses are allocated to those who are in most need of them.
He said that new additions to the housing stock arising from the announcement would be primarily targeted at those families who have been identified as having a special housing need.
“This may include assisting citizens with intellectual disabilities to live independently or helping families who are currently subjected to large over-crowding to achieve more suitable living conditions.
“The issue of providing adequate standards of housing for families in Galway remains a vitally important issue, particularly for those who have critical housing needs and I will continue to work hard on this issue in the weeks and months ahead.”
Commending Minister O’Sullivan for her hard work in this regard, he added, “However, more needs to be done to tackle Galway’s housing waiting lists and I will be impressing on the Minister the need for more initiatives and funding for Galway City.”