Tale of two cities: more homes being built but homelessness is getting worse
Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said “Today’s statistics highlight the two very different sides to our housing market. More houses are being built but increasing numbers of people are unable to maintain a home.
“On one hand there has been a welcome improvement in the number of new homes completed, which increased by 12 per cent on the previous year’s quarter. The ongoing recovery of the private housebuilding sector will help to ease pressure on rents and house prices, keeping an affordable home within reach for more people.
“On the other hand there has been a large increase in the number of households who are homeless and qualify for full assistance, by 16 per cent on the previous quarter. This is unacceptable and continues a gradual rise over the previous five years, with increasing numbers of people with complex needs such as addiction and mental health problems.
“We’re likely to see more people becoming homeless unless urgent action is taken. The Housing Executive has responsibility for addressing the problem but we need a change in the law to not just tackle homelessness, but to prevent it from happening in the first place with more resources for early intervention and support for vulnerable people.”
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