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3,557 households vanish from South Dublin County Council Housing list – Ó Broin

18 January, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West and spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin has called on the Department of Housing and South Dublin County Council (SDCC) to explain how the housing list figures for the Council have dropped from 9,119 households in May 2016 to 5, 562 in October 2016. These figures indicate that 3,557 households have vanished from the housing list, representing a huge drop. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Department of Housing’s Summary of Social Housing Assessments for 2016 published in December states that there are 5,562 households on the list in South Dublin County Council. This does not tally with the figures released by the council in May which indicated that there were 9,119 households on the list. 

“In just five months, between May 2016 and October 2016 3,557 households disappeared off the list. This could be partially explained by some households moving on to Housing Assistance Payment. However a large number of households have been removed during the latest Housing Needs Assessment. 

“The assessment, which was last conducted in 2013, involves the council contacting citizens on their list in order to assess their current housing needs. While the assessment will always result in some people withdrawing from the housing list I cannot accept that almost a third of applicants no longer have a housing need.  

“The reality is many households do not receive the correspondence from the council due to a change of address, which if they are dependent on the private rented sector can happen quite often. The result is many of the most vulnerable households in the council area end up being removed from the housing list and being completely unaware of their changed circumstances. 

“I have written to SDCC asking it to explain the scale of the reduction. Unfortunately, it is simply not feasible, especially within the context of the current housing crisis, that over 3,000 households have had their housing needs accommodated in the space of five short months.”

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