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Cllr Joanna Byrne / ‘Fill out your Housing Needs form and do not lose your place in the queue’

Sinn Féin Cllr Joanna Byrne.

Persons on the waiting list for social housing in county Louth are being warned they risk seeing their applications terminated if they do not complying with the latest Housing Needs Assessment being carried out by Louth County Council.

The local authority has written to all applicants for social housing who have been on the waiting list prior to April 11 2019, excluding anyone who were qualified between April 22 2017 and March 7 2018. Additionally, households currently on the Council Transfer List and those in accommodation under the Rental Accomodation Scheme or Housing Assistance Payment are not required to update their details as part of the new assessment.

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Housing list applicants who receive the letter are being asked to complete a form, provide documentary evidence of any changes in their circumstances and return this information to the council.  The information provided by each applicant will be reassessed under the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011 (as amended) taking into consideration the applicant’s eligibility and need.

The completed form and all relevant supporting documentation must be returned to Louth County Council before close of business on Monday September 7 2020. Anyone who fails to return the completed form and all supporting documentation within the specified timeframe will see their application for social housing support be terminated.

“Previous Housing Needs Assessments have seen large numbers of cases closed, some due to change of circumstances but many of these were due to people not returning the forms,” Sinn Féin Councillor and Chairperson of the Housing Strategic Policy Committee Joanna Byrne says. “All their waiting time on the list gone, for not filling out a form.

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“I am urging anyone and everyone who gets these forms to promptly return them along with any documentation required. Do not allow yourself to end up in that position. I cannot stress enough how important this is.”

Cllr Byrne added that anyone who has queries regarding completion of the form or the supporting documentation required can contact Louth County Council on 1890 202 303 or email [email protected]

According to figures from the Summary of Social Housing Assessments, 371 of the 1,468 applicants on Louth County Council’s social housing waiting list in 2019, 371 had been waiting more than seven years to be allocated a home. 68,693 households nationwide were assessed as qualified for social housing support as of June 24 2019. The number of households qualified for support decreased by 3,165 from 2018 – with 73 of those in Louth.

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