The Green Party has welcomed the largest ever investment in housing of over €3.3 billion in Budget 2021, a €773 million increase, to provide 9,500 social housing units and 400 cost rental units. In addition to new housing, €290m will be allocated for retrofitting older homes through the warmer homes scheme and SEAI grants for heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.
The budget also sees homelessness funding increase rising to €218m, up from €166m in 2020, where €22m will support homelessness programmes for beds and a cold weather initiative.
“After negotiation with our coalition partners, the Green Party secured funding commitments in Budget 2021 that speak to our party’s core values of environmental and social justice, and the need for the two to go hand-in-hand. I’m pleased to see that in the area of housing, this significant funding has been directed towards homelessness services, social and affordable housing, and increased protection for renters. We also secured substantial government funding for retrofitting; this will not only create regional employment and upskilling, it will help lift our most vulnerable out of fuel poverty, and provide warmer ventilated homes.”
“Budget 2021 is one of the most important in the history of the state considering Covid-19, Brexit and Ireland’s recovery process. The country has an opportunity to emerge with a circular economy creating sustainable employment and community living. With this increase in funding, there will be an emphasis on empowering local authorities, who have been mandated to build more houses, to meet the needs of their local community.”
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