‘People waiting for tenants to die’

Thursday, 8 February 2018

‘People waiting for tenants to die’ thumbnailMLA Maurice Bradley. CC06-78s

THE lack of social housing in Coleraine has reached crisis point, an MLA has warned.
According to Maurice Bradley prospective tenants have been reduced to seeking houses left vacant by the death of previous occupants.
“We have had incidents where people have learned of a death and have contacted my office to see when the person's home will be reallocated," the DUP man said. "People are so desperate for accommodation sadly this is the lengths that they are going to."
Mr Bradley says there are hundreds of people within the Causeway Coast and Glens area in housing stress.
And the Housing Executive has since told the Chronicle it will need almost 200 new dwellings by 2022.
Meanwhile, Mr Bradley says his constituency office is dealing with housing issues on a daily basis. But the Housing Executive and charitable associations are facing demand two or three times higher than available supply.
“It is evident that there is not enough social housing stock in the area to deal with the demand," he continued.
“That is not the Housing Executive's fault, they simply don't have the accommodation to give out to those in need," said the MLA.
“The staff in the local office work really hard under very pressurised circumstances at times. I wish to put on record my thanks to them for the diligent work that they carry out."
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