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Ní Chuilin calls on Department to tackle chronic housing shortages and inequalities

12 December, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín met today with the Department for Communities and called on them to intervene to tackle chronic housing shortages and inequalities.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“I told the Department for Communities today that I have formally complained to the Housing Executive about its failure to tackle the current chronic housing shortages and associated problems in the sector on the basis of objective need.

“I informed them that three United Nations reports and a report by the Equality Commission have expressed their concern about the failure to stem housing inequalities, which continue to grow.

“The Housing Executive has continued to fail families by not expressing any interest in sites that could be used to develop social housing in North Belfast in particular those from the Catholic/Nationalist community.

“Housing Executive statistics from 2016 demonstrate that 938 homes are needed for families from the Catholic/Nationalist community from a figure of 1,700.

“The Housing Executive has not provided any suggestions on how this gap is going to be closed. They have done nothing to address the criticisms and concerns raised by the United Nations, the Equality Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the Commissioner for Children and Young People. 

“I told the department today that is unacceptable and it is Sinn Féin’s view it must intervene to deal with the shortage of social and affordable housing and tackle inequalities." ENDS/CRÍOCH

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