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Saturday 16 December 2017

20pc on housing list living 'at parents or friends'

Jan O'Sullivan,TD,the Minister for Housing and Planning. Photo: Tom Burke
Jan O'Sullivan,TD,the Minister for Housing and Planning. Photo: Tom Burke
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

ONE in five people on housing waiting lists is living with their parents or friends due of a lack of accommodation.

A survey from the Department of the Environment shows that 89,872 people are waiting for a home, with 16,259 staying with family and friends pending being allocated a property.

The Social Housing Assessment 2013 also found that more than 10,000 on the list are working and do not receive any social welfare payments to help fund their accommodation.

Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan said that there was a "significant" housing need which must be addressed, including building new homes and providing €15m to local authorities to refurbish vacant units.

"We're addressing it in a variety of ways, including the voluntary housing sector being much more involved and a construction programme," she said.

"There's quite a lot of local authority houses not in use, and €15m will be available for councils to refurbish these.

"I recently announced a €100m construction programme over 2014 and 2015 that will enable local authorities with the highest housing demand to build new houses.

"I expect this investment will see 630 new social homes built over the next two years."

The assessment of needs, which is being published today, also found:

* Single people make up the largest household type (44pc), followed by single adults with a child or children (30pc).

* Social welfare was the only source of income for 72pc of households, but 11pc (10,058) are in employment and receive no social welfare supports.

* Half of all applicants are aged between 25 and 40, and most (71pc) are Irish citizens.

* Some 14pc of the total (12,237) live with parents, and 5pc (4,022) with friends.

* 40pc have been on the list for two years or less, but 9pc have waited more than seven years.

* 154 people are in social housing because they are in mortgage arrears.

Ms O'Sullivan said that 2,000 homes would be transferred to local authorities from NAMA, with 473 already in place.

Irish Independent

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