Housing Executive should focus on social and affordable housing - Ní Chuilín
Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said the Housing Executive and Department for Communities need to step up and address the growing inequalities that exist in rural housing provision.
The party’s Housing spokesperson was commenting ahead of her address at Friday’s Rural Housing Seminar in Cookstown.
Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“Rural communities have experienced increased and systemic levels of housing inequality.
“In 1998 the Commission of European Communities in its study 'the future of rural society’ identified the main problem facing rural people as the provision of affordable housing in local communities.
“Most rural families rely on private home ownership, not because they can afford it more than their urban counterparts, average incomes in rural areas are lower, but because there is very little choice.
“The Housing Executive and Department for Communities need to step up and address the growing inequalities that exist in rural housing provision.
“The private rented sector are being used by the Housing Executive to deliver a public response to the growing housing crisis. This is unsustainable.
“The focus should be placed on prioritising the supply of social and affordable housing to reduce the growing demand.
“I commend Cllr. Seán Mc Peake on his leadership in beginning the discussion on how we address these issues and provide support to the many families and individuals from rural communities who are waiting for a home.
“I would appeal to people to attend this Friday’s Rural Housing Seminar to ensure that those with the responsibility for building homes hear first-hand the experiences of people who are on the waiting lists.”