Ní Chuilín presses for more house building
Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín and a party colleague today met with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Communities and its senior management team to press for more homes to be built, particularly in areas of high demand.
Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“We covered a range of housing issues with senior staff from the Department of Communities.
“The Sinn Féin delegation stressed the need to build more homes particularly in areas of high demand.
“In some of these areas there are lengthy waiting lists and three generations of family living under the same roof. That is unacceptable.
“We also raised a number of issues which have a disproportionate impact on women.
“Women who are forced to leave their homes as a result of violence in the home should be awarded intimidation points.
“Instead these women and their children languish in hostels for long periods of time through no fault of their own.
“That wait on a home can go on for years in an area of high demand. That’s clearly wrong and this issue needs to be addressed.
“The problem is also being compounded by the lack of suitable refuges. Women’s Aid and the Simon Community have raised this issue in the past but Tory/DUP cuts to public services is making this problem worse instead of better.
“Groups which provide services to some of the most vulnerable people in society through the Supporting People Fund, like the Foyle Haven in Derry, are facing a 20 per cent cut in real terms.
“If we are to have any impact on the numbers of people living in housing stress then we need to see an increase in support rather than further funding cuts.”