Close to 50,000 new social housing units are to come on stream over the next five years as part of a €5.4bn housing strategy, Housing Minister Simon Coveney announced today.
The 47,000 new units will add to the 140,000 existing social housing stock as part of the Government's "ambitious" plan to tackle the housing crisis, Mr Coveney said at the launch of a report into the stigma of social housing by Cluid Housing in Dublin this morning.
But in a departure from the past where social housing was concentrated in large housing estates, the new units will be integrated with the private residential sector to prevent ghettoisation, Mr Coveney said.
"The way to deal with stigmatisation is to integrate communities. We're not re-inventing the wheel here. This is done in other countries," he said.
"We shouldn't know the difference and that's the point," he said.