Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009

Provision of dwellings.

79.— (1) A housing authority may make dwellings available for the purpose of sale to eligible households under affordable dwelling purchase arrangements and may, in accordance with the Housing Acts 1966 to 2009 and regulations made thereunder, acquire, build or cause to be built, or otherwise provide or facilitate the provision of, dwellings for that purpose.

(2) A housing authority may, for the purposes of subsection (1), enter into—

(a) arrangements with an approved body, or

(b) public private partnership arrangements.

(3) The Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, pay, out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas, a grant towards the cost of making dwellings available under this section to all or any of the following:

(a) a housing authority, in respect of dwellings made available by the authority or provided by an approved body or other person on behalf of the authority;

(b) the Affordable Homes Partnership (established pursuant to the Affordable Homes Partnership (Establishment) Order 2005 ( S.I. No. 383 of 2005 )), in respect of affordable dwellings acquired or provided by it on behalf of housing authorities;

(c) such other body, established by or under statute, as the Minister may prescribe by order for the purposes of this section whose functions include the provision of services to a housing authority in relation to the acquisition of dwellings.

(4) In performing its functions under subsection (1), a housing authority shall have regard to its housing services plan and the need to—

(a) counteract undue segregation in housing between persons of different social backgrounds, and

(b) ensure that a mixture of dwelling types and sizes is provided to reasonably match the requirements of eligible households.