Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has called on the Department for Communities to allow the Housing Executive to instruct Housing Associations to build Bungalow type accommodation in all new builds of social housing developments in the city.
Councillor Hassan said,
There is a need for bungalow type accommodation for the older members of our community and for people with disabilities. If you need bungalow type accommodation on health grounds or if you are disabled you have to be referred by an occupational therapist to the Housing Executive and for them to tell housing association’s to build Bungalow type accommodation for your needs.
I have many older constituents and people with disabilities come to my office on the Racecourse Road looking for bungalow type accommodation as the accommodation they are in does not meet there needs. I believe the Housing Executive could do more in persuading the Department of Communities to adopt a policy in building bungalows as this would free up many three and two bedroom homes which could be made available for allocations to younger families
If we are to move forward and have a better mix of our housing stock it’s clear that there needs to be a higher percentage of bungalow type accommodation and that this should be a priority for the Housing Executive.