Upper Bann Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

More needs done on Social Housing Provision - O'Dowd

Published: 9 November, 2018

Failure to build more social housing in Upper Bann is a result of lack of focus and drive form the Housing Executive, Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said.

Commenting after meeting with senior officials at the Housing Executive and Department of Communities, along with other SF MLA'S and MPs the Sinn Féin Housing MLA called for the construction of more social homes.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"More than 2000 people are waiting to be allocated a social house in Upper Bann, the Housing Executives response is to build 60 new homes.

"The growing crisis in housing is underpinned by a shortage of social housing in areas of greatest need. Families are rearing children in overcrowded conditions, temporary accommodation and hostels.

"Many families on low incomes, unable to access affordable social housing, are left with no option but to turn to the private rented sector and the high rents expected by private landlords.

"Building more social housing is key to addressing these problems.

"The Housing Executive must step up and address the growing inequalities that exist in housing provision by prioritising the supply of social and affordable housing to meet growing demand.

"A major social house building programme would not only ensure that we help address the issues of homelessness and poverty but also create work for local people and firms which can only be a benefit for all concerned.

"Today we told the Department for Communities and the Housing Executive they clearly need to address these issues, by revising their targets and prioritise an increased supply of social housing in areas of greatest need."