Housing crisis now deepens - 3000 wait

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More than 3,000 people are now waiting for homes in Derry, where there’s been a 50% hike in the cityside housing waiting lists since 2009.

New figures from the Housing Executive show that there’s been a 54.5% increase in the waiting list for accommodation in the Collon Terrace district and a 49.3% hike in the Waterloo Place district. The Waterside district saw a an increase of 7.9% while the Northern Ireland average increase is just 6.25%

SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood, who released the figures to the ‘Journal’, said they “show the true depth of the housing crisis in Derry”.

“The Derry District Housing Plan 2013 envisages that 1540 social homes need to be built by 2017, there are plans for 788 but there are currently over 3,000 people on the waiting list. These numbers do not stack up.”

The next highest surge was in Strabane (36.9%) Many areas, including East Belfast, Shankill, Banbridge, Larne and Lisburn, saw a drop.