Social housing needs assessment underway to accurately understand the housing need
Applicants must return forms or face prospect of losing place on housing list
Media Release Tuesday 11 April 2017
Social housing applicants in Limerick will have to declare if they wish to remain on the local authority housing list as part of a Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government assessment to determine a true and accurate need across the country.
Limerick City and County Council is obliged to carry out a Social Housing Needs Assessment for 2017 and has written to all relevant applicants. Each applicant will be requested to confirm their current housing need and will be required to submit the completed application form.
Applicants will also be requested to submit copies of supporting documentation in the event of a change of circumstances since they were last assessed. All applicants must return the FREEPOST form by Friday, 21st April 2017.
Under the departmental directive, failure to do so will result in the case being closed and the applicant being removed from the housing list.
All local authority elected members have been notified of the Social Housing Needs Assessment and are encouraged to remind any applicants of its existence and that it is imperative to complete the form and return it to avoid losing their place on the list.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “It is vitally important that the applicants who want to stay on the list contact the local authority by the deadline of the 21st of April.”
“We’re all aware of the housing shortage around the country and we need to know exactly what the requirement is if we are to address it properly.”
The Social Housing Needs Assessment form has been sent to those on the list by Limerick City and County Council and must be returned by post to the Community Support Services, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick by the 21st April.
Anyone with questions can contact Community Support Services on 061-407120.