Wait for social housing blasted

by Gazette Reporter

MORE than 10,000 people are waiting longer than four years to be housed by Dublin City Council as the number of people seeking social housing in the city reaches more than 20,000.
Figures from the council show that there are 2,039 people waiting four to five years, while 8,264 people have been on the housing list for more than five years. By the end of 2014, there were an estimated 20,682 people on the housing waiting list.
Branding the figures for the length of time people are left to “languish” on the housing list as “shocking”, Cllr Daithi Doolan (SF) said the waiting list of 20,682 people “is truly unacceptable”.
He said: “Only 3,917 new council homes were built by Dublin City Council since 2000. That equals less than 300 homes built each year. This is a drop in the ocean of what is needed.
“There is sufficient zoned and serviced land in Dublin City Council to provide for 9,513 residential units in the short- to medium-term.
“I am proposing that we proceed with the granting of planning permission for Dublin City Council land that is zoned for housing,” he said.
In response, a council spokesperson said the local authority is working with its colleagues in the adjoining local authorities, the approved housing bodies and the Department of the Environment to put in place measures to ensure the targets set in the Government’s Social Housing Strategy are met.
The Social Housing Strategy 2020 – Support, Supply and Reform, was announced in November and featured a number of measures, including the supply of 35,000 social housing units nationally over the next six years.
The spokesperson said: “Dublin City Council is currently finalising its building programme for the period 2015-2016 which identifies suitable sites to commence new construction projects.”

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