The announcement of the special Housing Taskforce to deliver on affordable housing targets in Galway has been welcomed by Galway Simon Community.
The taskforce, which will be set up by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, will identify issues that are preventing people from securing housing, and hope to increase the availability of affordable and social housing in Galway.
The announcement came following the publication of the 2018 social housing delivery figures which show that only 21 new social housing builds were completed in the Galway City Council Local Authority area in 2018.
That was only 22% of the 96 units targeted by Government.
The figures also show that Galway City Council is delivering a higher percentage of new social housing solutions through RAS and HAP. ie the private rented sector, than any other Local Authority in the country.
The Rebuilding Ireland target for social housing to be provided through the
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