Cllr Lyons calls for a review and appeals process
Housing waiting list should be reduced through massive increase in public housing supply, not the bureaucratic removal of thousands of families and individuals
The news that some 5,654 people have been removed from Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list, over one fifth of the total, is of huge concern to Cllr John Lyons, a People Before Profit councillor representing the area of Dublin City with the largest housing waiting list.
Cllr Lyons said: “The process that has resulted in the removal of over five thousand six hundred people from our housing list due to unreturned housing need assessment forms needs to be examined. The very fact that not only was the questionnaire not returned but three reminder letters also is unusual and would indicate that many applicants may never have received the form and letters.
“The numbers involved here are too large to ignore. We need know how many of the 5,654 applicants were contacted by phone, as I and many other councillors had requested. An appeals process needs to be established as well as another attempt to communicate with those removed. There have been many instances that I have become aware of in my time as a councillor of people and families losing several years due to this Housing Needs Assessment process and it is quite difficult to get that time back.
“The hard working staff of the city council’s housing and homelessness departments do their very best in the dire circumstances created by the wholly inadequate housing policies of Fine Gael and previously by the Labour Party over the last six years. We all want to see our housing waiting lists reduce but through a massive increase in the supply of public housing, not through the bureaucratic removal of thousands of families and individuals.”