State has 13 empty homes for each homeless adult, says charity

Half of repossessed homes offered for social housing rejected by authority, committee told

Ahead of the meeting, committee chairwoman Maria Bailey said the focus will be ‘to examine how current programmes and schemes are addressing the issues of vacant housing and derelict sites. File photograph: Frank Miller

Ahead of the meeting, committee chairwoman Maria Bailey said the focus will be ‘to examine how current programmes and schemes are addressing the issues of vacant housing and derelict sites. File photograph: Frank Miller

The Government’s Housing Agency has rejected half the repossessed houses and apartments offered by banks for social housing, an Oireachtas housing committee has heard.

The agency was last year allocated a €70 million rolling fund to buy 1,600 homes over the next four years for use by local authorities and voluntary housing bodies for tenants on social housing waiting lists.

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