JUST 0.5% of people on Cork city’s social housing list were housed last month, with over 4,000 people now waiting for homes.
Sharp rises in the numbers of families homeless in Cork continued in April, according to the latest figures from City Hall. Officials dealt with 89 first-time applications for housing last month and there are now 4,063 people on the social housing list. However, only 28 housing offers were made in April and just 20 of these were accepted by applicants.
The local authority has received 383 housing applications so far this year, placing extra strain on housing officials with waiting list times for applicants continuing to lengthen.
Statistics for April show there are now 77 families living in emergency accommodation, an increase of seven from the previous month. Fewer than half of these families (32) have housing applications registered with Cork City Council.
Decreases achieved by City Hall’s housing department in the number of people representing for homeless services at the homeless persons unit on Grattan Street have also been eroded with a 20% increase in people returning for emergency accommodation after their short-term arrangements expire.
Repeat presentations had peaked at 956 in January but had dropped to 696 in March before rising to 872 for April.
City council director of housing Brian Geaney said the reduction had been the result of a concerted effort to find more permanent solutions for accommodation for people who are registered as homeless. He had expected the numbers to further reduce during April.
The local authority took over the running of the homeless persons unit in January from the HSE.
City Council exceeded its house build, acquisition and leasing targets for 2018 by providing 461 homes 292 of which were local authority and affordable housing builds.
The local authority currently has 684 houses undergoing or finished construction, with a further 398 going through the planning stages.
A further 166 homes are set to be provided by regeneration and capital assistance schemes.
The council has been set a target of building 2,200 homes by 202 under the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland scheme.