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A voluntary housing agency is in the process of refurbishing five housing units in Portlaoise for use by people on Laois County Council's waiting list.
Clúid Housing is an independent, not-for-profit charities that provides affordable homes for people who cannot afford to buy their own home or pay for private rented housing.
It invited tenders in early 2018 for the refurbishment of numbers 28 to 32 on Jessop Street, Portlaoise.
The units form an individual terrace located adjacent to a public footpath and street. The units are two storey with gardens to the rear, accessible via a pedestrian lane.
Unit 31 has been used as commercial offices and required additional internal works to revert to a domestic property.
In its tender, Clúid said remedial works are required internally and externally to bring the units up to a high standard of repair.
Works will include improvements to the overall thermal efficiency, including installation of mains gas connections and gas fired central heating systems.
The windows and external doors were due to be replaced and the external envelopes will be pumped with cavity fill insulation, loft insulation will be increased.
Plumbing and electrical works will also be needed.
In the past, local authorities provided nearly all social housing. However in recent years, housing association provision has increased greatly, and during the last ten years, housing associations have provided a quarter of all new social housing.
Clúid has 147 houses in Laois which it rents to tenants who were on Laois County Council's housing waiting list.