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Simon Community Report raises concern over HAP scheme in Dundalk – Adams

18 August, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has expressed concern at the recent Simon Community report which shows significant difficulties faced by people trying to access housing supports through the HAP scheme in the Dundalk area.

The Simon Community ‘Locked Out report VIII’ showed significant gaps between HAP rent limits and the actual market rental prices in Dundalk.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Simon Community tracked the number of available properties to rent within HAP limits in eleven areas including Dundalk.

“Only 34 properties were found to be available, which rings true to ongoing difficulties faced by constituents in the area battling to find homes .This is all within a rental market that has seen average increases of 18% in Louth.

“We also see a worrying trend impacting hugely on single persons. An average rent in Dundalk for a one bed property was found to be 13% higher than the HAP limits for single persons, and no available properties were found.

“It is time for this government to take an honest look at their failing housing strategy.

“This report and its findings raise an important question around the viability of HAP as a primary vehicle to deliver social housing.” 

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