Web Page NameThey housed military families during Northern Ireland's Troubles, but 112 former Army homes in County Antrim are going to be used for social housing.
Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie said her department would buy the houses in Pond Park, Lisburn, and convert them for housing need.
There are 2,578 people on the housing list in the city, with 1,587 listed as being in 'housing stress'.
DSD is buying the homes from Defence Estates, which manages MoD property.
"These former MoD homes are in very good condition and can be quickly converted to bring them up to social housing standards," Mrs Ritchie said.
The department has reached a deal with Defence Estates, which manages MoD property to purchase the homes.
Ms Ritchie said that they had taken a "creative approach" to getting 112 families off the waiting list much sooner than could have been imagined.
Oaklee Housing Association has been appointed to take ownership of the three bedroom, semi-detached family homes which will start to be allocated from April once minor repairs and renovations have been completed.
Within the development, capacity exists to build up to another 15 family homes.