New homes take 21 families off the waiting list in Armagh - McCausland
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has opened a new £2.3million social housing scheme at Mullacreevie Green in Armagh.
~ Thursday, 19 September 2013
The new development of 21 family homes by Fold Housing Association has been provided with part funding from the Northern Ireland Executive. All have been allocated to families from the social housing waiting list.
After viewing the new houses and speaking to residents, Minister McCausland said: “The delivery of decent, affordable, sustainable housing is a key priority for my Department. Having a warm comfortable home is one of the most fundamental rights a person can have. Fold Housing Association is to be congratulated for putting together such an impressive package.
“This continues to be an area of high housing need and this new scheme has taken 21 families from the waiting list and provided them with the best of modern, energy efficient housing. I wish all well in their new homes.”
The Minister added: “I also want to congratulate Fold on its recent merger with Gosford Housing Association. Both organisations have made a tremendous contribution to meeting housing need all across the country and I wish you every success for the future.”
Fold’s Chief Executive, John McLean commented: “Fold is delighted to have been involved with the provision of 21 new homes in this area of high housing stress. These homes have been designed to provide high quality, safe and energy efficient homes which can be adapted to meet any future needs. I would like to thank the Housing Executive and the Department for Social Development for their support in this project.”
Notes to editors:
- The two and three bedroom properties, built on former Housing Executive land, have all been built to the latest high energy efficiency levels including Secured by Design and Lifetime Homes accreditation which builds in added security and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.
- The scheme of 10 x three bedroom houses and 11 x two bedroom houses cost £2.3 million, including land acquisition, construction costs and associated on costs. The Department for Social Development funded £1.3 million through the Housing Executive, with £1.0 million funded by Fold Housing Association through private financing.
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