14 February 2016
By Elaine Murphy
Sinn Féin General Candidate for Cork North Central Cllr Thomas Gould has said that the latest housing waiting list figures, contained with the January report from Cork City Council’s Housing Functional Committee, misrepresent the scale of the crisis in Cork City.
Councillor Gould said;
“6,100 people is figure given in the January report from Cork City Council’s Housing Functional Committee. I believe that this figure misrepresents the scale of the housing crisis in Cork City.
“The drop in the number is artificial because 2,500 applicants were taken off the waiting list in July because they had not responded correspondence from City Council regarding registration for the Choice Based Letting Scheme.
“The drop does not represent the number of people who have secured social housing.
“Since then, 600 people have come back on the list having spotted the anomaly. Similarly, I am certain that 2,000 more applicants will come back on the list in the next few months. We will then have more accurate list and a true representation of the housing emergency in Cork City.
“A major problem is that many people on the housing list are in transient housing, partly because of the sky high rents in the city, and are moving a lot. As result, they can often miss out on important post and notifications from the local authority. In such circumstances, it is completely unreasonable and unfair that they would be taken off the list.
“I am encouraging everybody on the housing list to contact Cork City Council and ensure that they register for the Choice Based Letting Scheme. There is a chance that they could have taken off they list if they have not done so already.”