Friday 23 August 2019

100 Traveller homes to be provided in next five years

Wexford County Council meeting

Maria Pepper

Wexford County Council has adopted a new Traveller Accommodation Plan, committing itself to providing 100 homes for families over the next five years at a rate of 20 per year.

Senior Housing Officer Padraig O'Gorman said the five-year programme from 2019 to 2024 is designed to meet the needs of the Traveller population of the county, and was prepared following a process of public consultation.

Mr. O'Gorman said the last programme exceeded its target of 104 standard social units by allocation 113 homes to Traveller families in the five years up to July of this year.

The National Traveller Estimate carried out in December 2018, identified 744 Traveller families living in County Wexford.

Of these, 99 families have applied to Wexford County Council for social housing support. The preferred option of the majority of applicants is for standard social housing with four families opting for Traveller Group Housing in the Wexford electoral area.

There are 27 applicant families in the Wexford area including the four families who want group a scheme; 17 families in Gorey/Kilmuckridge; 20 in New Ross; 28 in Enniscorthy and 7 in the Rosslare electoral area.

The main source of accommodation will be standard social housing including RAS, leased accommodation, homes from approved housing bodies and private rentals.

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