Council seeks NAMA units for social housing

by Gazette Reporter
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DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown has confirmed it will potentially utilise over 300 National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) housing units in the county for the purposes of providing social housing.
A spokesperson from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said that: “In excess of 300 properties were identified as potentially available for social housing in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s area.”
Sinn Fein representative Shaun Tracey said that following the council’s assurance that the units had been identified for social housing purposes, he now wants the council to lobby the Government to release the identified units for those on the housing list as soon as possible.
Mr Tracey said: “There are 4,389 housing applicants on the waiting list in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, one of the longest waiting lists in the State. Many of them are living in unsuitable or overcrowded accommodation for up to 10 years.
“In fact, I am aware of one constituent who has been on the waiting list for nearly 11 years and still has no indication of when she and her family might be housed.
“The recently-introduced rent caps are causing further despair for those waiting for social housing and are forcing many families to uproot from their home communities.”
The council has confirmed where demand exists in a number of local areas through the Housing Agency, which are co-ordinating the national approach to engagement with NAMA.
In a statement issued last week, Mr Tracey was calling on the council to apply pressure on NAMA for the identified units so that many of those on the housing list can be housed sooner rather than later.
“It is imperative that the council does all in its power to house as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
“It is incredible to think that there are roughly 300 empty housing units in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown in perfectly good condition while there are thousands desperately waiting to be housed.
“I would urge the council to lobby the government to release these homes so that they can be put to good use,” said Tracey.
NAMA was not available for comment at the time of going to print.

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