Wednesday, November 04, 2015

THE nation is in the grip of a housing crisis, with demand for social housing well exceeding supply. With rising house prices, unaffordable rents and increasing homelessness, the crisis is impacting Waterford families, where, only two weeks ago, 10 adults and four children were being put up in emergency B&B accommodation in the city.

Recent figures state that 369 cases presented to Waterford City and County Council offices seeking homeless services up until the end of September. This number already exceeds the total who presented for the entirety of last year.

Joe Sullivan, SEO in the Council’s Housing Department, stated Waterford is very well serviced in terms of emergency accommodation with two single sex hostels.

B&Bs are used when these hostels have reached capacity, but only as a short term solution, he added.

Mr O’Sullivan maintained Waterford is not in the same situation as other parts of the country. The majority housed in emergency accommodation are those who are unable to maintain a normal tenancy due to a myriad of reasons including, addiction issues and mental health issues. “It is not simply due to not having a roof over their heads,” he said.

The full report can be read in this week’s edition.

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