City Hall chiefs have given the clearest insight yet into the state of the housing crisis in Cork, revealing that more than a thousand applicants for social housing have been forced into unsuitable sharing arrangements, typically adults and young families who have been forced to move in with their parents due to housing shortages and sky-high rental prices.
The council revealed that 1,066 people are “involuntarily sharing accommodation” and a further 261 applicants on the social housing list have a disability requirement that has not yet been met. A further 10 people are living in unfit accommodation, 89 are living in overcrowded situations and 24 are on the list after it was concluded their mortgage was unsustainable.
The figures released by Cork City Council last night also revealed that, in total, more than 4,484 people remain on the city council social housing waiting list.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that 156 families had applied for housing assistance in April, for the first time.
Sinn Fein councillor Tommy Gould said the housing crisis in Cork is worsening.