Some 2,765 people are on the housing waiting list in the whole County, heard Tipperary Co. Council.
Cllr Seamus Morris said this figure is “incredible”. An applicant has to be earning less than J480 before they are eligible to have their name added to the list. “Everything is going up. These people are caught in a poverty trap.” Cllr Morris suggested raising this threshold to match the levels in Limerick City and Kilkenny.
Cllr Jim Ryan said a “real crisis” “cannot be overemphasised.” Rent is going “up and up” in the three towns near him, and “people who are the most vulnerable are being hit the hardest.” “It’s urgent that we meet with (Minister) Alan Kelly and start building social housing in this County.” Cllr Ryan said a woman rang him who was “340th” on the waiting list in Thurles. “They should never be put in a situation like that in a small town like Thurles.” Thurles has a waiting list of 754 applicants. Much of the 1970’s social housing stock has poor insulation and “rattling windows.” “All the heat is escaping out through single glazed windows.” Cllr Ryan suggested giving a grant to householders to upgrade their houses.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.