A total of 500 Rapid Build Houses will be completed over the next year across the four local authorities in Dublin. Families who are currently homeless and in hotel accommodation will be relocated to the new homes in 2017.
22 houses located in Ballymun have now been completed. The cost of construction for the 22 high quality three bed Rapid Build homes at Baile na Laochra, Poppintree, Ballymun came in under budget at €180,000 per house. The entire site is now fully serviced with infrastructure, utilities and ESB sub section, which will allow for a significant benefit to the future provision of 50 affordable homes on the remainder of the site, by Ó Cualann Co-housing Alliance GLC.
Dublin City Council’s Homeless Central Placement Service (CPS) began placing families in the new units in April 2016.
Watch our short clip below on progress so far and plans for 2017
A further 131 units will be built this year in Drimnagh, Finglas, Belcamp and Cherry Orchard. The other 350 units will be built by the other three Dublin Local Authorities.
Dublin’s local authorities consider Rapid Build Housing to be capable of delivering a quality form of housing construction that can be utilised as a temporary form of accommodation for families, who are experiencing homelessness and who are currently accommodated in commercial hotels. Rapid Build Housing provision will work in tandem with the local authority delivery of more traditional build ‘brick and mortar’ housing options, as housing supply becomes available (in line with the Social Housing Strategy 2020).
There are a growing number of households with dependent children accommodated in emergency accommodation. In September 2016 (week of 19th - 25th) there were 1014 families in all forms of emergency accommodation (including 2,065 child dependents). Of these 939 families, 254 families (517 child dependents) were in emergency homeless accommodation and 760 families (2,065 child dependents) in commercial hotels.
The suitability of sites for the location of families & single persons currently in hotel accommodation was considered and a criterion for selecting sites for modular housing was agreed. The sites are located adjacent to services including transport, schools, retail neighbourhood centres, medical services, recreational & community amenities.
Dublin City Council identified sites that can accommodate 145 -150 modular homes:
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A Modular Housing Demonstration Project took place in East Wall for a three week period with six modular housing suppliers (September 2015). The objective of the project was to facilitate a debate on the viability and functionality of modular housing. Over 700 people visited the site from a variety of sectors, predominantly housing and 45,000 people have viewed the video on construction to completion of modular housing.