181 people in Moyle are in “housing stress”

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More than half the people waiting for social housing in Moyle are deemed to be in housing stress, according to the NI Housing Executive.

NIHE attended Monday’s meeting of Moyle Council to give an annual update - for the last time before Moyle becomes part of the Causeway Coast and Glens ‘super’ Council.

The report showed that in March this year 323 applicants were on the waiting list for social housing in Moyle District Council area.

56% of those were described as being in housing stress.

Cllr Joan Baird questioned NIHE representatives about the average time a homeless person would have to wait to be housed in Ballycastle.

Frank O’Connor from NIHE said that Ballycastle had very popular areas of social housing where there were very few re-lets.

However, he added that if someone were homeless, then NIHE should be able to offer them housing in two to three months.

Cllr Robert McIlroy then queried why there was to be no new building by NIHE in the Bushmills or Causeway wards of Moyle Council area despite figures showing that 323 were waiting for houses and 181 of them in “housing stress”.

“Is there no stress in Bushmills or Causeway?” he asked.

“The situation is that social housing needs to be built.”

Mr O’Connor replied that the housing market in Bushmills is “very balanced with supply matching demand” but added that Mosside was an area they were keeping a close eye on although “most of the time it is functioning OK.”