Dramatic drop in homelessness in Waterford city: new figures
There were 76 homeless people in Waterford city in November, down from 126 on the same month last year.
Fine Gael General Election Candidate Cllr John Cummins has welcomed figures he has received from Waterford City and County Council which show a 43% reduction in individuals being supported in homeless accommodation during the period.
A 33% reduction in families availing of homeless accommodation was also recorded in the same period (10 down from 15).
Cllr Cummins (pictured below) said: “This positive reduction in figures is as a result of increased supports to homeless clients to help them exit emergency accommodation. To emphasise the progress that has been made in the past 12 months, Waterford Council has now ceased the use of B&Bs/hotels as a means of emergency accommodation and is working in partnership with homeless service providers in providing alternative temporary supported accommodation in standard housing.”
In the 11 months to the end of October, 350 individuals and families have been allocated properties. In the Metropolitan District 245 Council tenancies were allocated, 73 were allocated in the Dungarvan/Lismore district and 18 were allocated n the Comeragh District. In addition, 14 were allocated by voluntary bodies across the city and county.”
Work is currently underway on more than 700 properties across the city and county to ease the local housing crisis.
Some 157 of these houses and apartments have been approved by housing bodies, including 69 Respond properties at the Six Cross Roads which are due to be allocated in March.