Work continuing on Kildare NAMA properties for social housing

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NAMA has identified 243 housing units, which may be suitable for social housing in Kildare.

NAMA has identified 243 housing units, which may be suitable for social housing in Kildare.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan informed Deputy Sean O’Fearghail of the progress in the county in response to queries from the Kildare TD. She explained that of that total, 97 had been deemed suitable and 57 had been completed and contracted.

“In 2011 NAMA identified 73 housing units that may be suitable for Social Housing purposes; in 2012 a further 4,039 were identified and in 2013, to date, an additional 239 units have been identified. Of the 4,351 units identified by NAMA, currently 1,900 have been deemed suitable and of these 443 have completed or been contracted. Another 290 properties are currently being evaluated. The local authorities have confirmed that 1,359 of the properties identified are considered unsuitable by reference to sustainable planning and housing policy or are located in areas with no demand. While the process of assessing demand was on-going a further 802 properties were either sold or privately let by their owners or receivers,” said the Minister.

“My department, the Housing Agency and NAMA continue to work together with housing authorities and approved housing bodies towards identifying suitable NAMA housing units and bringing them into social housing use.”