Housing stress ‘major issue’ for social housing waiting list!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Housing stress ‘major issue’ for social housing waiting list! thumbnailSDLP Councillor Stephanie Quigley, John Dallat SDLP MLA and SDLP Councillor Margret Anne McKillop who recently attended a meeting with Housing Executive officials. MC07-26s

OF THE 2,000 applicants for social housing in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council Area 65 per cent are experiencing housing stress.
These are the stark statistics given to a delegation from the SDLP who met Housing Executive officials in Coleraine last week.
The party's assembly member for East Derry John Dallat who accompanied local councillors said: "A lack of social housing is still one of the greatest challenges facing modern society and the waiting list, especially those on that waiting list experiencing housing stress speaks volumes and calls for a new sense of urgency to tackle this never-ending problem which signifies failure by the government to plan ahead for the needs of our people."
Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop made a special plea for the Glens where there has been reoccurring problems identifying development land for social housing.
She said: "Our rural communities feel they have been left behind and while the numbers are small they are no less important. Our rural schools, churches, sporting clubs and other organisations are under threat if we cannot provide social housing in the areas it is needed. She invited officials to visit the Glens with a view to identifying development land for new builds."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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