Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has said the housing issue in Derry has now become a “never ending nightmare”
Councillor Hassan said
At this time of the year we remember the plight of the homeless in our city, people who haven’t a home of their own, people in temporary accommodation, overcrowded conditions, staying with family and friends and also in hostels.
We have more social homes being constructed at the moment than ever before but its is still not enough to meet the demand.
There are families in Derry in temporary accommodation who face their third and fourth Christmas without a home of their own.
As the allocation of homes in our city is still at 200 points ,more social homes are needed to lower the points system and end the long waiting list for 2,500 families.
The lands at H2 site Buncrana road could now be open for the building of social homes and I would appeal to housing associations in the city to acquire some of the land there for social homes for the thousands who are homeless in our city.
This housing situation cannot be solved by any one person or minister but by a collective coming together of all ministers in the Assembly.
The Housing Executive must also be given the role of being the main providers of social housing if we are ever to get out of this never ending housing nightmare.