Tenancy support figures highlight need for social housing

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae

THE number of tenancies in Kerry that are directly supported by government funding has topped the 2,500 mark, it has been confirmed.

Figures obtained by Kerry TD, Michael Healy-Rae, show that the number of state-assisted tenancies is now 2,507.

776 are in receipt of the Housing Assistance Payment which is a flexible and immediate housing support available to all eligible households. The scheme commenced in Kerry in December 2016 and at the end of the third quarter of this year, Kerry County Council had 776 tenancies benefiting.

The figures, provided by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, show that the Rental Accommodation Scheme, introduced in 2005 to meet the accommodation needs of people in receipt of rent supplement for 18 months or longer, and who were assessed as having a long-term housing need, now has906 tenancies supported in Kerry. 45 of those were new transfers from rent supplement the period 1 January to 30 September 2018.

At the end of October there were 25,654 recipients of rent supplement nationally, of whom 825 were resident in Kerry.

“Taking into the amount of people we have on assisted living, it really reinforces the fact we need more social housing built in Kerry,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“These figures do not even take into account the number of people who are on the list with Kerry County Council seeking housing,” he added.

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