Concern over city’s growing housing list

Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan.
Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan.

The Housing Executive said it hopes to deliver over 1,000 homes for Derry in the next three years.

The body was speaking after Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan raised concerns over the government response to the need for more social housing in Derry.

It has now been confirmed that over the past year, there were just shy of 1,000 cases of families and single people who were accepted as being homeless in the city.

Colr. Hassan is due to raise concerns over the 3,400 applicants now on the waiting list at a meeting of Derry City Council’s Regional Services Committee meeting today,

Speaking prior to the meeting, he said: “Current figures are showing that per head of population the west bank of the city has the highest numbers of people on the waiting list for social homes and that number is growing each day.

“It is totally unacceptable that the number of new builds of social housing in this city is not enough to stop the extent of the housing crisis here. Over 400 people are in temporary accommodation, some in private accommodation and others living in overcrowded conditions.”

A spokeswoman for the Housing Executive said they have extended its services in accommodation, floating support and outreach to address the situation of homelessness in the city.

Since April 2014, 215 new social homes have been built in Derry, with a further 323 more on site and 1,194 planned for the next three years.