Outrage as 4,000 wait for houses

By david tucker

Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00

wexford Housing Action group has described as 'outrageous,' official figures showing that almost 4,000 people are on waiting lists in the county.

'It's an absolute disgrace,' said the group's Aislinn Wallace, reacting to the figures.

According to the 'latest data available,'the county council said that as of January 18, there were 3,987 people on the lists, compared to 3,751 in August 2015.

Wexford has the largest number of people looking for council accommodation at 1,427. Gorey has 988, Enniscorthy 817 and New Ross stands at 695.

'We are getting 38 social houses for all of Wexford, that's one per cent of the numbers of the housing list,' said Aislinn.

'Basically, the council and government policies are being put towards private rented accommodation.. very few landlords take rent allowance and a lot of rentals are advertised at way above the limits people can get,' she said.

'What is needed is more social housing and a market index created so that people can afford to live.

Less than half of the 17 would-be deputies standing in the general election turned up at the Bullring recently to sign a pledge drawn up by the Housing Action Group to commit to finding real solutions to end the housing crisis.

The Group says social housing stock is being privatised through HAP and RAS schemes. The practice of housing homeless families in bed and breakfasts is doing absolutely nothing to tackle the basic issue of supply. Certain groups of homeless are being completely let down by the system.

'It's just not good enough,' said Aislinn.

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