“They have got to use the social housing that is currently available to get people out of homelessness, otherwise we are banjaxed.”
Dublin City Council is doing more “choice-based lettings”, as officials say that gets people into homes quicker. But not everyone knows they exist, much less how to apply for one.
In 2019 the council removed 634 households from the housing list, because they didn’t respond to the housing needs assessment, says the spokesperson.
According to Dublin City Council records released under FOI, Clare McLaughlin’s is one of 20 households that have been on the list for that long.
Thousands have been wiped off it, and thousands more have been moved to a different list. The number actually getting council-owned homes remains tiny.
At their monthly meeting on Monday, councillors discussed a plan to build housing next to St Anne’s Park, how to decide who gets social housing first, the cancellation of a literary event, and more.
In an April letter to minister Alan Kelly, Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan suggested that the rule encouraged people “to enter the ‘homeless’ system”.
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There are about 21,000 applicants on the social housing list in Dublin, and no plans to build enough homes for them. Here are the stories of two, who have been drifting, rootless, for years, hoping against hope.