Social housing list up by 28%

by Gazette Reporter

THERE are 4,360 people currently on the housing list in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown – an increase of 954 in the past 10 months, with 378 of those waiting for nearly a decade to be homed, the latest figures released this month reveal.
The housing list figures issued by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s social housing department on April 1 also revealed that there were a total of 545 rental accommodation scheme (RAS) tenancies created under the RAS scheme, of which 398 were private rented RAS tenancies, and 147 were voluntary housing tenancies.
Of families with children on the housing list, there are now 2,108, of which 214 have been waiting for more than nine years.
Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind), who wrote to Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore on the issue of the housing crisis recently, said: “The council submitted a formal housing assessment to the Department of Environment and Local Government last June.
“Some 3,406 applicants were identified as being in need of social housing and, 10 months on, that list has risen to 4,360 – an increase of 954 applicants.
“I have called on the council to proactively partner with co-operative housing, and private sector house-building companies, to provide affordable housing for first-time buyers – the provision of serviced land by the council for such projects could be pursued.”
Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will draw down their [capital funding for housing construction] allocation and work is due to commence on new dwellings at Cromlech Close, Kilternan, and Clontibret House in Blackrock.
“We need to embark on a significant social housing construction programme to begin to tackle the housing crisis which clearly exists.
“More funding needs to be allocated, and I am confident the Government will respond to deal with the crisis,” he said.

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