Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan said there is over 300 children in temporary accommodation in the city, and said with 2,300 family’s Homeless and in housing stress there is a radical rethink needed on the current housing policy from the Department of Social Development.
Their needs to a radical rethink by Department of Social Development around forward planning for new social housing to address the situation that we find ourselves in with so many families homeless in this city,it is dreadful.
I was shocked to learn that over 300 children are living in temporary accommodation in Derry.
Families living in overcrowded conditions and in temporary accommodation with their children could mean that some of these children might not see a home of their own for years. This is not including families who find their own private accommodation and don’t get the extra 20 points after 6 months.
This situation cannot go on much longer as it will have affect on the health and wellbeing of the families who are in housing stress.
The points you need for a social home at the moment is between 200/190 points and if you are not near that level of points you may not be housed for years.
Housing associations are doing the best they can with several hundred of new homes planned this year but the new Minister of the Department of Social development must act and bring money to the table to allow these families to live in dignity as it is there human right to do so.