With 1,052 people waiting on social housing in Dungannon, over half of whom are in ‘housing stress’, MP Francie Molloy has said the area’s “major housing crisis needs to be tackled”.
Laying the problem at the feet of the Department of Social Development he has hit out at a lack of funding which led to less new builds and longer waiting lists, on which single people have no hope of securing a home.
The number of new houses being built has just continued to drop and what we are now faced with is a major housing crisis - Francie Molloy
Speaking to the Times about the problem, he said: “The new build of social housing for the last number of years has never met the needs in the area... and the various different bodies that actually do it have never met their targets.”
When asked how this situation came about, he added: “Whenever they took the new build out of the Housing Executive and left it to these housing associations and various bodies like that - they were depending on private finances to match the funding and grants they get from the government and that has never matched up.
“The number of new houses being built has just continued to drop and what we are now faced with is a major housing crisis.
“This area is bad and it’s not coming anywhere close to meeting the needs [but] the Housing Executive are saying we have enough.”
DSD are to build more single person dwellings.