Clare Sinn Féin’s General Election Candidate, Noeleen Moran has outlined the need for a major house building program of affordable homes to be undertaken in County Clare.
Ms Moran said there is presently people waiting for over 8 years to be housed by Clare County Council with an estimated 3000 people on the housing list.
“Also, this week in the county, we have 8 families and 7 single people declared homeless and being temporarily housed in Bed & Breakfast facilities around the county. With a further 12 people being housed in hostel accommodation,” she said.
“While these are only the figures to be released officially. It has to be remembered that hidden are the many, more people in County Clare, particularly young people trying to make their way in life, who have been forced to move back into the family home because of the lack of affordable housing.This is the County Clare housing position in 2015,” Ms. Moran stated.
She continued: “If we want to sustain our communities we need to hold on to our young people and ensure they have access to accommodation. We are tired of the rhetoric from local Government TD’s. So it’s time for action. The government needs to release this funding immediately. We need to address this situation before it spirals further out of control. The construction of more homes will see rents stabilize and homeless figures drop.”
Dessie Ellis TD, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for housing said when he recently visited Clare, “The solution to the social housing crisis is a significant long term investment by the state into the provision of social housing. In short we need more houses because if we look at the causes of housing problems. It’s the shortage of affordable and good quality homes for those who need them.”