Numbers on Kildare housing lists rise

60% more presenting as homeless

Henry Bauress henry.bauress@leinsterleader.ie

Reporter:

Henry Bauress henry.bauress@leinsterleader.ie

Numbers on Kildare housing lists rise

Cllr Joanne Pender had asked that social welfare payments to single parents not be cut

The numbers of people presenting as homeless to Kildare County Council rose by 60% for the first half of 2016 and a high proportion of these were single parents.

According to the monthly report from management to councillors before their monthly meeting on July 25, 665 people reported as homeless compared to 415 in the first half of 2015.

The 665 comprised 318 adults and 347 children, compared to 223 and 192 respectively a year earlier.

There was a 34% rise to 67 in couples coming forward but a 55% drop in single females to 20.

While there was a 7% increase in single males to 58, there was 123% rise in the number of single parents from 48 to 107.

Speaking on the report, Cllr Joanne Pender asked the Council officials to note the high percentage rise in the number of single parents. She said that last year, they had asked that social welfare aid to single parents not be cut.

When it came to applications for social housing, the number was 972 for the first half of 2016, compared to 969 for the 2015 period.

There was an update of applications in 206 cases. The number applying for house purchase loans was 51 and the Council approved loans in 10 cases.

The Council approved almost twice as many Housing Adaptation Grants, 202, compared to the previous period.

It approved housing aid for elder persons in 26 cases.