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first_imgMORE than 13,000 homes in Co Donegal lie empty – with just under 2,000 people needing a home, Sinn Fein said today.Speaking after the recent release of new figures on vacant housingpublished last week in The Roof Over Our Heads which is part of theCSO series of reports on the findings of Census 2011,  Sinn FéinCounty Councillor  Cora Harvey said: “The report found that despite such a great need for housing in the state no shortage exists. 230,000 homes lie vacant across the state despite the fact that nearly 100,000 people are on housing waiting lists and 5,000 people are homeless.“The figures for Donegal are shocking. The report shows that of atotal housing stock of almost 84,000 units, over 13,360 residentialunits lie vacant. This does not include people temporarily absent orindeed over 10,000 Holiday homes which also lie vacant for aconsiderable period in the year.“Meanwhile, figures obtained from Donegal County Council show thatjust under 2,000 people are confirmed as eligible for Social HousingAssistance with many more applicants either awaiting a decision ontheir application or being refused assistance. “Cuts to the Budget of the Local Authority means that much of theupgrading of the Council stock cannot be carried out resulting infewer lets which would bring in rental revenue to the Council. Insteada significant proportion of the Social Welfare budget, over €500million per year is going straight into the pockets of privatelandlords in rent supplement.“These vacant homes could in many circumstances be used to housepeople in the absence of a real investment in a social housing buildbut the government has failed to even make a considerable move ondelivering the 2000 units promised from NAMA last year.”“In the Agenda for the Stranorlar Electoral Area, there are 69 vacantLocal Authority units listed with only 1 unit let and 1 ready forallocation. This cannot be allowed to continue.“The government needs to wake up to the crisis in housing and to putin place a serious strategy to cut waiting lists and provide housingfor those who require it in the most cost effective manner possible. DONEGAL’S 13,000 EMPTY HOMES – 2,000 ON HOUSING WAITING LIST was last modified: September 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000 EMPTY HOMES – 2000 ON HOUSING WAITING LISTDONEGAL’S 13last_img read more

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