DROGHEDA BOROUGH Council has welcomed the new tenants into Boice Court, saying more homes will be built next year, and extra funds invested to provide further units in the future.
Within the Boice Court development, 20 of the units are being bought by people in need of housing – including existing tenants – under the Incremental Purchase Scheme introduced in 2010 to provide an affordable route to home ownership for people renting or waiting for social housing.
The council received more than 100 applications for the homes available on the scheme, showing the demand that still exists for affordable homes.
Money received by the council for the homes will be re-invested to deliver further social housing.
Separately, the council has in partnership with Tuath Housing Association provided 27 units at Scotch Hall and John Street through the DECLG Leasing programme. These units have been allocated to persons on the housing list and will be managed by Tuath Housing Association.
A further four one-bed units are also being transferred to the council under Part V of the Planning legislation
Mary T. Daly, Senior Executive Officer for housing, outlined that for the families and individuals who will now occupy these houses, they will be far more than ' accommodation units', they will be home.
' That's one of the most important assets any of us can have in life and it's an added bonus that many people will be in their new homes for Christmas this year,' she told the Drogheda Independent.
'With the delivery of a total of 81 units of accommodation in the town during 2012, the Council has displayed an excellent example of what can be delivered taking a creative approach and by partnering with other organisations.
' The old model where councils built very large estates consisting entirely of social housing that was then rented to tenants is now part of history. Instead, we have flexible approaches that deliver homes to people who need them at locations throughout towns like Drogheda.'
She added that in 2013, the Council will focus on the next phase of 19 housing units at Boice Court, Mell.