Commenting after a meeting with the new CEO of Housing Executive, Grainia Long, where she raised concern for a number of vulnerable tenants currently being housed in Derry, Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan said:
“The Housing Executive has been placing vulnerable tenants in accommodation in Derry without the appropriate support structures being provided to them.
“Previously, following talks with local Executive and housing support organisations a very successful pilot support programme had been put in place to address a lack of support for tenants.
“However, in the last few months Housing Executive placements have failed to put in place these necessary supports for vulnerable tenants.
“This is causing concern for vulnerable people in temporary accommodation and indeed for local residents.
“I have organised a range of meetings with statutory agencies and service providers over the last few weeks to address these issues.
“The purpose of these discussions is for suitable facilities to be developed to ensure vulnerable tenants have the level of support they need in appropriate premises.”