Fine Gael Councillor Believes Co. Tipp Housing Crisis Has Never Been Worse

Mary Hanna Hourigan, Cathaoirleach- Tipperary/Cahir/Cashel MD. Pic:

The housing crisis in Tipperary has never been worse according to local Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan.

The councillor has been supporting four homeless families recently and over the course of two weeks the number increased to nine families currently homeless in the Tipperary Cahir Cashel District.

In some cases the families have received notice to quit privately rented accommodation and cannot find any alternative accommodation.

Certain members of one family have had to split up to avail of accommodation provided by family and friends.

Cases involve people sleeping on couches, blow up beds or in caravans with no electricity.

Cllr Hourigan said that the Ukraine Refugee crisis might be the catalyst for action in respect of housing where action on using holiday homes, vacant homes and modular housing in the county would all be utilised to address the crisis.

In addition to people experiencing homelessness there are 3521 people on the approved housing list that are waiting to secure social housing.

The council recently in introduced Choice Based letting to speed up the allocation of social housing but Cllr Hourigan revealed that the numbers of properties available are not sufficient with the first two rounds of the scheme only offering 7 and 5 five houses respectively to those on the housing list.