108 homeless people in Limavady Council area - H.E.

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There are 108 homeless people in the Limavady Council Borough, according to new figures from the Housing Exective.

The recent statistics show the number of people “accepted as homeless” numbered 130 in 2010/ 2011, but it had decreased to 108 in 2011/12.

Speaking at a recent Limavady Coucil meeting, the Housing Executive said they would continue to “work hard” to provide services to support those faced with homelessness in the district.

“The Homelessness Strategy 2012-2017 will aim to eliminate longterm homelessness and rough sleeping across Northern Ireland by 2020,” said a spokesperson.

The Executive also revealed the housing waiting list for Limavady Borough Council has remained the same; at 176 applicants in housing stress in December 2010 to 177 in April 2012.

“Families and single person households continue to dominate the 
waiting list, 86% accounting for of all applicants in housing stress,” said 
the spokesperson.

During 2011/2012 the NIHE allocated 99 Housing Executive homes to waiting list applicants compared to 127 allocations in the 12 months to December 2010.

Last year two “general needs” social housing schemes started at Tamlough Park, Ballykelly, for 13 units and Hass Road Dungiven for 10 units. The planned new build programme for 2012-2015 is 35 and includes “general needs and supported accommodation.”

In the Limavady Council area in the year to March 2012, 354 private sector homes were insulated, six had heating installed, and a further seven had both insulation and heating installed through the Warm Homes Scheme.

In all, the Housing Executive say they will invest £3.38 million in Limavady Borough Council area this year

Walter Mullan, Principal Housing Officer thanked councillors and officers of Limavady Borough Council for their support over the past year.

“The District Manager and District Office staff look forward to continuing to work with the Council on issues 
of mutual interest in the coming year,” he added.